WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has received a special waiver from the Speaker of the House to serve on the Resources Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health. The Subcommittee is responsible for crafting national forestry policy.

Walden's waiver was necessary to bypass a rule that typically forbids members of the House from serving on more than four subcommittees. Walden currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality and the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, as well as the Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power.

"This assignment will provide a tremendous opportunity to advocate on behalf of real improvements to forest health, an issue of great concern to the Oregonians I represent," Walden said. "We scored a tremendous victory with last year's passage of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, but much work remains in implementing this historic bill and making further improvements to the health of our forests across the country."-

Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) praised Walden's work on forestry issues and welcomed him to the Forests and Forest Health Subcommittee.

"Congressman Walden has had an extensive role in forestry issues in Congress, including co-authoring the historic Healthy Forests Restoration Act that passed last year," Pombo said.-

The waiver to sit on the Forest Health Subcommittee is Walden's second committee assignment waiver.-His first was granted to allow him to serve on both the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Resources. House members who serve on one of the four "A-list" committees - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Appropriations and Rules - are generally prohibited from sitting on another committee. Walden requested a waiver to serve on the Resources Committee because of the importance of natural resource issues to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in Southern, Central and Eastern Oregon.

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