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Gianforte Calls on Senate Democrats to End Obstruction, Include Forest Reforms in Farm Bill

November 30, 2018
Press Release

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte took to the House floor, urging Farm Bill negotiators to include critical forest management reforms in the new Farm Bill.

Gianforte described the heavy toll wildfires have taken in California and the devastating fire seasons Montana has had in the last few years.

“Mr. Speaker, the Camp Fire in California has tragically claimed the lives of 88 people, and hundreds remain missing. It has left more than 13,000 families without homes,” Gianforte said. “Congress must act now. Our communities can’t afford to wait any longer.”

Gianforte called on Senate Democrats to end their obstruction of critical reforms.

“Senate Democrats should put the health and safety of our communities first and include commonsense forest management reforms in the Farm Bill,” Gianforte said.


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Gianforte’s remarks as prepared:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge Farm Bill negotiators to include critical forest management reforms in the new Farm Bill.

I’m encouraged that a new Farm Bill is forthcoming, but it should include reforms for how we manage our forests.

Mr. Speaker, the Camp Fire in California has tragically claimed the lives of 88 people, and hundreds remain missing. It has left more than 13,000 families without homes.

Last year in Montana, more than 1.2 million acres burned, leaving air quality dangerous.

Congress must act now. Our communities can’t afford to wait any longer.

Senate Democrats should put the health and safety of our communities first and include commonsense forest management reforms in the Farm Bill.

Meaningful forest management reforms will reduce the severity of our wildfires, improve air quality, boost the health of our forests and wildlife habitats, as well as create good-paying jobs.

With devastating wildfire seasons over the last couple of years, it’s urgent Congress act now.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.