U.S. Senator Udall Presses Forest Service Chief Over Budget

SENATOR TOM UDALL IS PRESSING THE HEAD OF THE US FOREST SERVICE OVER THE BUDGET. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

DURING A SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON THE BUDGET WEDNESDAY, SENATOR UDALL QUESTIONED US FOREST SERVICE CHIEF VICKI CHRISTIANSON ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST. HE SAID THE BUDGET REQUEST WOULD UNDERCUT THE FOREST SERVICE’S ABILITY TO FIGHT WILDFIRES, PREVENT DISEASE AND PESTS LIKE THE PECAN WEVIL. UDALL WENT ON TO POINT OUT THAT A 10-YEAR FIRE CAP ADJUSTMENT WHICH WOULD PUT A STOP TO FIRE BORROWING…WENT INTO EFFECT LAST FISCAL YEAR. THE WHITE HOUSE SPENDING PLAN CALLS FOR A 16-PERCENT REDUCTION FROM LAST YEAR’S BUDGET REQUEST…TOTALING 948-MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS.