Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took steps to protect fish and wildlife in the Tongass by working to stop federal subsidies for road-building for timber sales.
Members of the House Interior Appropriations committee recognize that timber sales are costly to taxpayers in the Tongass - to the tune of hundreds of millions lost in recent years. If enacted into law, the provision could save taxpayers money while safeguarding habitat for fish and wildlife.
Representative Newhouse (R-WA) introduced an amendment to strip various provisions, including the Tongass language. Representatives McCollum (D-MN) and Quigley (D-IL) gave strong rebuttals before the amendment failed on a party line vote.
Thank you to Reps. Quigley, McCollum, Blumenauer and Gallego for watching out for Alaskans and Americans, and hunters and anglers, rather than the timber industry!
Here's a bit of what Rep. Quigley had to say (or, you may watch by clicking the video below):