House passes bill for timber funds
Houston County Courier
WASHINGTON - Friday, Sept. 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Restoring Health Forests for Healthy Communities Act 244 to 173. Local Congressman Kevin Brady, a consistent champion for continuing timber payments to East Texas counties and schools, voted to extend critical Secure Rural Schools funding and return the National Forest to healthy management practices that generate revenue for important local services. "Timber payments are essential to East Texas schools and counties that depend on these forests for their livelihood," said Brady, who strongly supported the bill which impacts Houston, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker coun- ties. "This bill strengthens the federal government's commitment to our local communities and is the first major step toward a long term solution for local education and infrastructure. It also protects jobs and nearby communities from catastrophic wildfire disasters." The House Natural Resources Committee says the bill will create over 68,000 direct and nearly 140,000 indirect American jobs, while making the national forests less susceptible to wildfires and invasive species.