Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Bipartisan, bicameral coalition to introduce county payments reauthorization bill

Senators, Representatives will discuss legislation to continue stable funding for rural schools and counties nationwide

Washington, DC B At a news conference on Thursday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m., U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and U.S. Representatives Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will discuss the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2005, legislation to reauthorize the successful “county payments” law for an additional eight years.

The law was passed in 2000 and is set to expire next year; it provides a more stable source of funding for education and roads in rural, forested areas nationwide. The law also established Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) that direct spending of a portion of the funds for projects on the local forest. The RACs are designed to ensure expanded economic activity for these resource-based communities.

Also sponsoring the bipartisan, bicameral, bicoastal bill are U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Representatives Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Wally Herger (R-Calif.).

WHO: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho)
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)

WHAT: News conference to announce bipartisan legislation
reauthorizing successful county payments law

WHEN: Thursday, February 3
1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Senate Radio-TV Gallery
S-325
U.S. Capitol

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