CBO: GOP bill to boost logging, extend county payments would cost billions

According to an E&E article by Phil Taylor (sorry, no link) published today:

A Republican bill to significantly increase timber harvests on national forests and extend a popular county payment program would increase direct spending by roughly $2.6 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Doc Hastings’ (R-Wash.) H.R. 4019 would also require about $200 million in additional appropriations annually for the Forest Service to administer timber sales, replace harvested trees and mitigate environmental impacts, the CBO report found.

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