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Greg Walden to Manage House Transition

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Rep. John Boehner, the leading candidate to be the next House speaker, has picked Rep. Greg Walden to chair a House GOP Office of Majority Transition.

Walden, R-Ore., says Americans gave the Republicans a majority in the House because they want more jobs, less spending, and a more open Congress.

Boehner, R-Ohio, now the House minority leader, has said that he would like to hold bills to a manageable length and give members at least 3 full days to review bills.

Walden, 53, lives in Hood River, Ore., and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. He is a former broadcasting executive who has been in the House since 1999.

In the House, Walden founded the Small Brewers Caucus and the Digital Television Caucus.

In April, Walden spoke on the House floor in opposition to provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act bill that could lead to sharp cuts in Medicare Advantage funding.

“The chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the independent score keeper of legislation like this,” Walden said, according to a transcript of his remark provided by his office. “Their report that they just issued said half of all seniors in America who are on Medicare advantage plans — half –are going to lose that coverage under the bill that was signed into law. Well that is a big problem for seniors in Oregon. Oregon has had one of the highest penetration rates in the United States of seniors who wanted Medicare advantage and signed up for it.”

Walden called for Congress to “repeal and replace this law that was jammed through Congress.”


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