WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) announced $28.4 million in payments to rural schools in Oregon.  The funding comes as a result of the Secure Rural School (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act extension that Walden helped champion. 

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Having helped create the Secure Rural Schools program about two decades ago, and having led the House effort to fund it over the last several sessions of Congress, I’m glad it continues to provide help to our rural counties and our public schools,” said Walden. “I’ve worked closely with House Leadership and the Trump Administration to ensure that this program is fully funded. Getting these payments out the door is especially important during this pandemic. While this funding is needed, what we really need is to reform forest management policies so we can reduce the size and severity of wildfires and produce good paying jobs and tax revenues in our forest counties. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump Administration to achieve that goal.”  

The funding will go directly to 18 counties and support investments in education, infrastructure, public safety, and health services. The House extended funding for the SRS program in December.  Walden helped create the SRS program about two decades ago and has since led efforts in Congress to continue to provide funding for the program. 

Click here to learn more about Walden’s efforts to reform forest management policies.

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