What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Retain Regulations Which Require the Forest Service to Seek Public Input and Conduct Environmental and Scientific Reviews When Drafting Forest Management Plans. (2003 house Roll Call 384)
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H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Retain Regulations Which Require the Forest Service to Seek Public Input and Conduct Environmental and Scientific Reviews When Drafting Forest Management Plans.
house Roll Call 384     Jul 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

At the request of the Bush Administration, the 2004 Interior appropriations bill contained a provision which would ease regulations requiring the Forest Service to seek public input and conduct environmental and scientific reviews when drafting forest management plans. During debate on the appropriations bill, Congressman Udall (D-NM) offered an amendment which would have blocked the implementation of any forest management plan that failed to incorporate public views or scientific and environmental studies in the final version of the plan. In the view of Progressives, any forest management plan should be subjected to environmental analysis and public scrutiny. The administration's proposal to prevent public and scientific review of forest management plans, Progressives argued, was motivated by a desire to ramp up logging activities without environmental scrutiny in federal forestland. Progressives voted in favor of Udall's amendment but the measure was struck down 198-222 and the administration-supported provision remained in the appropriations bill, allowing the logging to proceed.

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