H.R. 266

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - STATE/REGION -

Fund­ing boost for wild­fire pre­ven­tion

Vot­ing 190 for and 229 against, the House on Fri­day de­feated a Repub­li­can bid to in­crease fund­ing in HR 266 for U.S. For­est Ser­vice wild­fire-pre­ven­tion pro­grams by $30 mil­lion, to a to­tal of $644 mil­lion. These ef­forts use meth­ods such as thin­ning of un­healthy trees, pre­scribed burns and un­der­brush re­moval to re­duce in­cen­di­ary con­di­tions in forests. A yes vote was to in­crease the bill's wild­fire-pre­ven­tion bud­get by nearly 5 per­cent.

Yes: Fitz­patrick, Meuser

No: Dean, Houla­han, Wild, Cartwright

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