U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) has asked the leadership of the U.S. Senate to consider changes to how Congress funds the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Interior’s wildfire fighting operations.
In the letter, signed by 57 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Royce highlighted the nearly $700 million federal land agencies borrowed from land management and other important activities to fight wildfires during 2015.
“As California faces another wildfire season during this historic drought, Congress needs to adjust the federal wildfire budget to better protect our citizens and their property,” said Rep. Royce. “In seven of the past 10 years, the costs of fighting wildfires has exceeded the Forest Service’s firefighting budget – clearly an unsustainable operating model. Funds to fight wildfires should instead be treated like those used during hurricanes and floods, which will allow the Interior Department to stop robbing Peter to pay Paul.”
Text of the letter can be read here or below:
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Reid, Chairwoman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell:
Many Members of Congress are concerned about the costly practice of fire borrowing. As we continue to work with our colleagues in the House of Representatives to end this practice, …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce