Representative Bruce Westerman Urges Action on Resilient Federal Forests Act
Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) hosted a special order following votes Thursday (September 17). The special order will focused on the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (passed by the House in July), wildfire prevention, and wildfire funding.
In Westerman’s opening statement, he focused on recent wildfires that have ravaged the western United States this year.
“Recent headlines show that our forests are in terrible shape – 8.8 million acres have burned this year,” Westerman said. “… Emergency fire spending has already topped $700 million this year and it is still growing. We have a problem that is greatly decreasing and impairing the value of the forests for the next generation. I worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass House Resolution 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act back in July. This bill was supported from Maine to Alaska by Democrats and Republicans. This bill ends the destructive practice of fire borrowing in a fiscally responsible manner.”
Westerman concluded his speech by urging action in the Senate, saying, “the House has acted. It’s time for the Senate to act. It’s time for the administration to stop playing politics with wildfires. It’s time to make House Resolution 2647 the law of the land.”
Six other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives participated in the special order – Reps. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large, Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Gary Palmer (AL-06), Steve Pearce (NM-02), and Ryan Zinke (MT-At Large).