Forestry bill gets approval of House
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman designed to increase timber harvests and reduce the chance of fires in the nation's forests.
The House voted 262-167 to pass HR2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015. Nineteen Democrats joined 243 Republicans in supporting the bill. One Republican voted against the measure.
"I think people recognize that it's sound science. We need to do what's best for the forest and what's best for the communities around these forests," Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, said after the vote.