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House Proceeding 11-19-09 on Nov 19th, 2009 :: 0:07:30 to 0:15:55
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Doc Hastings

0:07:20 to 0:07:40( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: . mr. hastings: i reluctantly rise to oppose this legislation and do i so with a degree of conflicting views. let me explain. on the one hand i have fundamental concern with the impacts that wild and scenic river designations can have on surrounding property owners, river users, either upstream or downstream and the restrictions

Doc Hastings

0:07:30 to 0:15:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

0:07:41 to 0:08:02( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: that such designations can hav on private citizens. st importantly such designations preclude the ability to make future decisions without, i say, mr. speaker, without an act of congress. there are many ways to protect and manage our rivers without imposing such absolute permanent and inflexible mandates that do not allow us

Doc Hastings

0:08:03 to 0:08:23( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to adapt to new evolving environmental science, changing public needs and views. on the other hand, mr. speaker, i'm sympathetic when a member of the house proposes legislation that directly affects the district that he represents. i believe that we must be respectful of the views of those who are elected to representp a district and this,

Doc Hastings

0:08:24 to 0:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: mr. speaker, is a two-way street. it means affording a level of deference when a member has a proposal that affects just his district, and it means an even stronger degree of respect and deference when a member opposes an action that is proposed in the districte was elected to represent. it's very troubling to me, speaker, to see bills introduced and referred to the

Doc Hastings

0:08:46 to 0:09:07( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: natural resources committee as an example that would have extensive and ofte negative impacts on the economic livelihoods of local communities, workers, and their families in the western part of the united states. but that those bills are authored and sponsored by members from the the nation's biggest cities.

Doc Hastings

0:09:08 to 0:09:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: this lack of respect to me on these issues is very troubling to me, mr. speaker. therefore, while i generally do not support such inflexible and restrictive river designations, i do have respect for the fact that mr. schrader of oregon is a sponsor of this bill and it directly affects his district.

Doc Hastings

0:09:29 to 0:09:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: at the same time i must agree with the position clearly stated by mr. schrader during his testimony at the subcommittee hearing on this bill. at that hearing mr. schrader said he was sensitive to the fact that this river 400 acres of timber matrix lands.

Doc Hastings

0:09:50 to 0:10:11( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: when timber is responsibly and sustai matrix lands, funds that come from these harvesting are provided directly to the local schools and communities in that area. this is the way of partially compensating areas of the west that are home to a high percentage of federal land for federal policies that limit economic development.

Doc Hastings

0:10:12 to 0:10:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: these timber matrix lands are a commitment that's been made and they are critical ability of hundreds of schools to properly educate their children and f the communities in these areas to provide the essential services. mr. schrader to his credit said he was sensitive to this harm his bill would have on these lands and the schools and communities that depend on

Doc Hastings

0:10:33 to 0:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: these lands. as october 1 schrader specifically stated, and i quote, i ask the chairman and ranking member to work with me and my staff to ensure that there will be no net loss of the acres available for timber management as a result of this legislation. end quote.

Doc Hastings

0:10:54 to 0:11:14( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: mr. speaker, no such provision or been included in this bill despite the honest recognition and explic request from mr. schrader that action needed to be taken t protect the lands important to the schools and communities in his district. several efforts to amend the bill to simply provide that the

Doc Hastings

0:11:15 to 0:11:35( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: lands be identified elsewhere to replace the 400-plus locked up under this river designation bill have been blocked. the first block natural resources committee markup. on tuesday, they blocked -- it was blocked by a democrat majority on the rules committee. so it's been blocked two times.

Doc Hastings

0:11:36 to 0:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the need to address the loss of these timber matrix lands in the school that depend on such lands was clearly identified and then ignored. now, mr. speaker, we learn on tuesday, the day before yesterday, that seven days earlier on november 10 mr. sc the natural resources committee chairman that appears to shift

Doc Hastings

0:11:58 to 0:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: away from his subcommittee testimony that clearly asked for help in ensuring that the loss of timber lands be addressed this legislation. this letter states, and i quote, mr. speaker, i am satisfied thathis designation will not remove trees from the timber stock. there are no timber contracts in the area and no timber sales

Doc Hastings

0:12:20 to 0:12:42( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: are planned, end mr. schrader's letter further states that on the question of offsetting locking acreage, which he allude acreage, which he alluded to, he said, i quote, i see no need to add such language to h.r. 2781 at this time, end quote. this letter of november 10

Doc Hastings

0:12:43 to 0:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: appears to directly contradict the gentleman from oregon's public testimony on october 1. was the statement made in his testimony a mistake made in understanding the bill he authored? or is it a position taken in his letter reversal of his request for help on fixing the when he states that language is

Doc Hastings

0:13:04 to 0:13:26( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: not needed, again, at this time, does he mean that his view on the need for offsetting the acreage may change in the future? mr. schrader later implies there is no reason to offset these lands because no current timber contract exists. nor are there logging plans at the current time. so this begs the speake is the concern for

Doc Hastings

0:13:27 to 0:13:47( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: school funding only today? and not what will happen tomorrow or in the future? of course there are no logging jobs at this moment. it is well-known throughout the northwest that timber harvest is at a stand still due to the struggling economy and the sharp drop in housing starts. in fact, just yesterday the natural resources committee

Doc Hastings

0:13:48 to 0:14:08( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: approved a bill to allow for existing federal logging contracts to be extended due to the poor economic conditions. so yesterday, into perspective, the bad timber market is legislation to ensure existing contracts can be carried

Doc Hastings

0:14:09 to 0:14:29( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: forward. but today the bad market is used as an excuse for legislation that will lock up hundreds acres not just until the market turns around but forever. mr. speaker, these are not insignificant questions. and i think that there needs to be some clarification of that. i hope very much that we have an opportunity to resolve this apparent discrepancy as this

Doc Hastings

0:14:30 to 0:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: debate continues. again and again this congress acts to remove more and more land from the west from active sustainable timber management. it is our school children that are highest price as school budgets are squeezed even tighter due to the actions of the federal government. you can't advocate for these schools for a wiser timber and forest management to ensure

Doc Hastings

0:14:53 to 0:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: jobs and towns across the northwest while at the same time advancing legislation that makes the problem permanently worse. and that's yet if tt is such amount then why the resistence to offsetting these lands? the offset ought to be easy if

Doc Hastings

0:15:14 to 0:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: this issue is just a small acreage. the fact of the matter is that this 400 acres comes on top of thousands and thousands of acres that have been locked up in recent years. excusing these 400 acres today feeds the notion that tomorrow or next week, perhaps, we can excuse taking another 6,000 acres away from helping schools

Doc Hastings

0:15:36 to 0:15:55( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and rural communities. i believe that congress must take the responsibility for its action it's time to demand that school children in small towns don't pay the price for the unwillingness of those in coress to provide offsets for their actions. so it's for thes speaker, again with deference

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