Walden Addressed the U.S. House on Forestry Bill; Vote Likely Tomorrow
U.S. Representative Greg Walden today addressed the U.S. House during opening debate on a major forestry bill, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.
The bill renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural communities, improves forest health, and helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The bill also contains the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs plan offered by Walden and Representatives Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader. Their proposal would create or save thousands of jobs, provide revenues to failing Oregon counties, help sustain the local manufacturing base, and save the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars, and end the status quo of endless litigation.
Additional debate on the bill is expected later today. A final vote by the U.S. House to approve the bill is likely to occur tomorrow.