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House Proceeding on Mar 26th, 2009 :: 1:08:50 to 1:11:20
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Bob Goodlatte

1:08:41 to 1:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the cl printed in house report 111-52. offered by mr. goodlatte of virginia. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 281, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, and a member opposed, each wil control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia.

Bob Goodlatte

1:08:50 to 1:11:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte

1:09:03 to 1:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself three minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. chairman. i commend chairman rahall for addressing this important issue over the last two years, the wildfire funding problems for the forest service are some of the most challenging issues the agency faces today. wildfire funding costs have skyrocketed overhe last

Bob Goodlatte

1:09:24 to 1:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: decade and are consuming the forest service's budget, which means there's less funding for other forest service needs. we will continue to see high costs and more damage to our forests and communities unless we take steps to reduce fire risk in our federal forests. we must provide the fire service additional tools to get our forest service in a more healthy and fire resistant

Bob Goodlatte

1:09:45 to 1:10:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: condition. i support the underlying purpose of this legislation, although this does not done enough of the additional costs of fighting fires, that is the unhealthy conditions of the forests. my amendment will address these problems that will ultimately leave our forests in a healthier condition and will

Bob Goodlatte

1:10:07 to 1:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: yield a savings for the tax mearspayers. my amendment has a new contracting tool to -- taxpayers. my amendment has new contracting tools to contract with states to reduce wildfire risks across boundary lines. this practice is commonly known as good neighbor authority and has been tested in states like colorado and utah where it has proven to be effective.

Bob Goodlatte

1:10:29 to 1:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: currently h.r. 1404 contains no such tool for the forest service. the significance of this measure is that it will encourage both federal and state agencies to work together to address unhealthy conditions in federal forests. fires know no boundaries. they can start on federal land and easily spread to state and private forest land. my amendment provides a more comprehensive approach to

Bob Goodlatte

1:10:50 to 1:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: preventing dangerous fires and fighting them when they happen. i'm pleased that my amendment has the support ofeveral forestry groups including the society of american foresters, the council of state foresters, the forest foundation and other forestry groups. i've also spoken with the forest service and they have told me they have no objections to this amendment. let me be clear.

Bob Goodlatte

1:11:11 to 1:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: this amendment is meant to protect our forests from catastrophic fire. like everyone else, i want to see our treasured national forests protected from fires by allowing federal and state

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