REED EMERALD ASH BORER AMENDMENT TO INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS PASSES; Removes taxpayer dollars from Washington bureaucracy
Congressman Tom Reed’s amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill to transfer funding to Forest Health Management passed the House of Representatives this afternoon by a bipartisan vote of 237-189.
The amendment transfers $8 million from the Departmental Offices of the Office of the Secretary of Interior to Forest Health Management. Funds from Forest Health Management are used by the U.S. Forest Service to control and prevent the spread of invasive species.
“This amendment is about protecting jobs,” Reed explained. “Many industries including furniture and lumber depend on ash wood. The Emerald Ash Borer is decimating forests and costing businesses millions of dollars. This pest is having a negative impact on businesses and our economy.”
“Like our successful amendment to clean up nuclear waste in West Valley, this amendment shifts taxpayer dollars that otherwise would have been spent in the Washington bureaucracy and puts them to work on the front lines solving a problem that is hurting the upstate economy.”
Reed worked across the aisle to offer the amendment with Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK).