Today, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement ahead of this week’s expected consideration of H.R. 5118, the alleged Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act:
"With some of the worst wildfires on record occurring in the last five years, our nation’s foresters, landowners, and rural communities deserve immediate solutions—not messaging bills like H.R. 5118. This bill is duplicative of current authorities, lacks much-needed regulatory reforms, and is a complete dereliction of process, as provisions with jurisdiction across multiple committees, including Agriculture, were never considered through regular order. I urge my Democratic colleagues to go back to the drawing board so together, we can craft meaningful policy changes to actually reduce the threat and intensity of catastrophic wildfires."