Walden touts measure to bar funding for Owhee monument

By John L. Braese
The Enterprise

ONTARIO – Appearing before a standing-room-only crowd, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden announced House passage of a bill that includes a provision barring any federal spending to explore a Canyonlands designation.

“The bill passed 225 to 202,” Walden told some 40 constituents at an early-morning town hall meeting Saturday, July 16. “The Interior Department cannot use any funds to move forward on the Canyonlands.”

The ban was part of an appropriations bill that also included cuts to other agencies, Walden noted. He said it slashed 21 percent from regulatory programs, cutting $146 million from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“There is also language in the bill that continues to prohibit the listing of the sage grouse,” said Walden.

The Oregon Republican also said the county will continue to receive funding from the . . .