Congressman Peter DeFazio says despite a “do-nothing Congress”, he expects his O & C legislation will pass in the House and Senate this fall. The Oregon Democrat spoke with reporters Monday.
The O & C lands are federally owned and unique to Oregon. DeFazio wrote a bill with fellow Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader and Republican Congressman Greg Walden. It would set aside one million acres of old growth forest to be protected while increasing logging on the remaining O & C lands. DeFazio says the bill will create jobs with the revenue from logging going to beleaguered counties.
“To move this forward, it’s critical. The counties need a long-term, predictable, sustainable base of revenue,” DeFazio said.
DeFazio says the current Congress is the least productive in history. But he believes it’s possible to move this legislation forward. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee last month. DeFazio says the bill also has the support of Ron Wyden in the Senate.
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