Walden accounts for shutdown vote

The Associated Press /


PORTLAND — Rep. Greg Walden, the only Republican from Oregon in Congress, broke with most of his party’s leaders and voted against the deal that ended the partial government shutdown.

Walden, who represents a broad area of eastern and southern Oregon, faces a primary challenge from the right — Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum says he is considering a run.

The vote Wednesday aligns Walden with a majority of the Republican House caucus.

The Hood River congressman issued a statement objecting to the deal as temporary.

“It kicks the can down the road yet again for only three months, and we’ll be right back where we ended up this week,” Walden said.

Walden is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees the House GOP campaigns.

He and Rep. James Lankford, of Oklahoma, the Republican Policy Committee chairman, were the only top leaders to vote no on the deal.

At the beginning of the year, Walden sided with House Speaker John Boehner and against a majority in his caucus on a package of tax increases and spending cuts designed to avoid what was called the “fiscal cliff.”

In the vote, the four other members of the Oregon delegation to the House, all Democrats, voted for the measure.