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House approved H.R. 6147 outlines funding for wildfire safety projects.

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Jul 21, 2018

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According to Representative Dan Newhouse’s site,  the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act was passed in the House of Representatives. This legislation provides yearly funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and other related agencies.

 

Although the bill addresses other areas of conservation and agriculture, like grazing monitoring, and big horn sheep research it also provides increased funding for wildfire prevention. According to Newhouse’s report, “In total, the bill funds wildland firefighting and prevention programs at $3.9 billion, fully funding the 10-year average for wildland fire suppression costs for both the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service, and providing robust additional funding – $500 million– for Forest Service suppression operations. The legislation also includes $655 million for hazardous fuels management, which is $30 million above the fiscal year 2018 level.”

 

You can follow the progress of this appropriations bill as it must next be passed by the Senate and then signed by the President to become a law.

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