White House objects to Forest Service bill
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it opposes legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., aimed at making it easier for the U.S. Forest Service to thin federal forests and prevent wildfires.
The House is scheduled to vote on Westerman's bill, The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, today.
In a statement, the White House said the bill undermines forest restoration, environmental safeguards and public participation across the National Forest System. The administration said the legislation doesn't fix how the National Forest Service pays to fight fires.