This bill would set a budget, with limits for individual programs, for how the Department of Energy spends its money starting October 1, 2013. This normally routine business is something that both the House and the Senate do every year.
Yet, here we are, with people and the government unable to stop furloughs, job losses, and lower revenue to keep the government functioning. Our public lands have certainly not been spared from this indiscriminate budget ax.
New bills from Reps. Labrador (ID), Tipton (CO), Gosar (Ariz.), and the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Doc Hastings (Wash.) would force thousands, if not millions, of acres of forest to be all but handed over to timber companies, at the expense of the taxpayer.