Wyden pushes Klamath water, timber county bills

Nov 13, 2014 2:41 PM by News Staff

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon hopes to get two of his top priority bills through the lame-duck session of Congress - before Democrats lose their majority in the Senate.

On Thursday, his Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will take up a long-stalled bill to implement agreements to remove dams from the Klamath River to help salmon, share scarce water between fish and irrigators, and repair environmental damage.

The committee will also consider his bill to increase logging on the federal O&C lands of Western Oregon that provide major sources of revenue to timber counties.

The expectation is that once the bills are out of committee, Wyden will attach them to must-pass legislation that will allow them to gain passage in the Republican-controlled House, where they have long faced opposition.

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