Mar 21, 2013 11:09 AM by Elaine Sheridan
Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) announced today that they plan to offer a bipartisan amendment to the 2014 U.S. Senate budget to increase the funding availability for fighting wildfires and modernizing the air tanker fleet by $100 million.
Udall and Barrasso say these are critical funds that will help prevent fires from growing and threatening lives and homes in the West.
Udall and Barrasso, who both serve on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said their deficit-neutral and bipartisan amendment underscores the importance of ensuring that the U.S. Forest Service is prepared to fight wildfires, especially during the ongoing drought and continued threat of bark beetle.