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MILLER BILL MISSES THE MARK, SAYS LABOR MANAGEMENT COALITION; LEGISLATION REPRESENTS CALL TO ACTION, BUT LACKS SUBSTANCE

 MILLER BILL MISSES THE MARK, SAYS LABOR MANAGEMENT COALITION;
 LEGISLATION REPRESENTS CALL TO ACTION, BUT LACKS SUBSTANCE
 WASHINGTON, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following joint statement was released today by Denny Scott, staff economist for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), and Mark Rey, executive director of the American Forest Resource Alliance, in response to legislation introduced today by Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.) regarding the timber supply crisis in the Pacific Northwest:
 "The members of Congress who have co-sponsored this bill have not actually authored substantive timber supply legislation. They have, however, set a deadline for congressional action through the hearing process. We have long favored action to resolve the timber supply crisis on public lands and continue to support a move forward.
 "The range of options for a solution to the crisis, however, should not be confined to the 'Gang of Four' report. The Bush administration, led by Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan, will present options later this month that should be seriously considered for inclusion in a comprehensive legislative solution to the supply crisis. Additionally, the essential elements of the Forests and Families Protection Act (H.R. 2463/S. 1156) also must be included.
 "Today's effort to set deadlines is helpful to finding a solution to the crisis only if all partners are committed to working together to achieve a balanced solution. But Congressman Miller's legislation is no more substantive than the 'policy by press release' Congress has accused the administration of conducting.
 "We pledge to work with Congress and the administration to develop a solution to this vexing problem. But it must be a comprehensive, nationwide solution that includes: 1) the preservation of the Northern Spotted Owl; 2) a recognition of the value of old-growth forests; 3) a guarantee of a stable supply of timber for production in the face of increasing appeals and litigation by preservationists; and 4) measures to ensure worker retraining and community stability."
 The 600,000 member United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The American Forest Resource Alliance representing the forest products industry, also is located in Washington, D.C.
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 /CONTACT: Denny Scott of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 202-546-6206, ext. 309, or Jeff Joseph of Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, 202-452-9431, for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America/ CO: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU:


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