February 16, 2012
Reporting H.R. 4019 Out of Committee (Passed 26-17-1. View Roll Call Vote)
This bill aims to restore economic stability in forested counties that lost valuable revenue used to support schools, infrastructure and emergency services through the restoration of active, healthy forest management.
Bishop En Bloc Amendment #1-4 – Technical Amendments (Agreed to by Voice Vote.)
This amendment corrects erroneous references in the bill.
Markey Amendment #096 – Establish Export Restrictions (Failed 17-25. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment removes the current geographical barrier from existing law to apply export restrictions on material harvested from National Forest land. Chairman Hastings prefers to conduct further oversight on the issue to address unintended consequences before expanding the existing restrictions.
Grijalva Amendment #050 – Expands Federal Authority (Failed 18-24. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would expand existing authority for BLM and the Forest Service to enter into cooperative agreements with States for forest restoration activities, subject to certain conditions. Chairman Hastings supports existing authority but prefers to conduct further oversight on the issue before expanding.
Heinrich Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute – Authorize Extension of Secure Rural Schools, PILT (Failed 18-25. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would replace current bill language with a five-year reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools and mandatory PILT payments. A straight reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools payments is simply an extension of the status quo that is harming rural communities and does not create jobs, stimulate local economies or address forest health.
* For complete legislative action for the February 16, 2012 Full Committee Markup, click here.