Republicans in the US House of Representatives are in the midst of a leadership crisis, brought on by the abrupt retirement of Speaker John Boehner and the decision by presumptive replacement Kevin McCarthy of California to not seek the post.

Greg Walden represents Oregon’s Second District and is in the House Republican leadership. He spoke with JPR’s Liam Moriarty about the ongoing drama.


Oregon U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-2nd District) is part of the Republican leadership in the House.

His job is getting fellow Republicans elected to house seats, and now he faces an intra-party challenge to his own. 

A bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for Oregon timber counties, is facing a possible White House veto.

The Statement of Administrative Policy issued yesterday says if the bill were presented to President Obama, his senior advisors would recommend a veto.

It says the measure would harm national forests and the government's obligations to manage them by sidestepping environmental laws, which would lead to more conflict and delay.