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AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS AND FAMILIES PROTECTION ACT

 AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT
 ON FEDERAL LANDS AND FAMILIES PROTECTION ACT
 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by American Forest Resource Alliance (AFRA) Executive Director Mark Rey in reaction to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's action today on the Federal Lands and Families Protection Act (S 1156):
 "We are heartened that the committee supported the substance of S 1156 in an 11-9 vote which backed Sen. Mark Hatfield's attempt to report the bill by adding it to another measure.
 "Sen. Hatfield's action was necessary to offset parliamentary maneuvering by the environmental special interests to block a committee vote on the bill.
 "Ultimately the committee, in a bipartisan gesture, moved to separate the bills because of a shortage of time remaining in its last business session this year.
 "The bill was not reported because its 11 supporters -- unlike the environmental professionals -- were unwilling to take legislative hostages to achieve their end.
 "As a consequence of the environmental industry's callous political and parliamentary games, the forest families of the Pacific Northwest will suffer further before Congress seriously addresses this measure.
 "We are grateful for the leadership of Sen. Mark Hatfield and the bipartisan support of Sens. Wendell Ford and Richard Shelby for the Federal Lands and Families Protection Act.
 "As this Congress adjourns, the environmental special interests have succeeded in having their bill reported from House Agriculture.
 "And labor-management-forest communities' bill -- the Federal Lands and Families Protection Act -- has achieved a positive vote in the Senate Energy Committee. These are the sideboards for consideration next year.
 "The forest products industry urges Congress to turn to this issue early in the coming year in order to stem unemployment, which will continue to climb the affected region."
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 /CONTACT: Barry Polsky, 202-463-2467, or Kevin Brett, 503-222-7456, both of the American Forest Resource Alliance/ CO: American Forest Resource Alliance ST: Washington, Oregon, California IN: PAP SU: LEG


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