Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act:

“Our federal forests are a tinderbox, and our current policy of neglect and over litigation created the conditions for wildfires. I’ve visited the results of this neglect, seen the communities wiped of the map, and walked through completely destroyed forests. In my own district, the Erskine Fire burned over 48,000 acres last year and destroyed nearly 300 homes.

“These recent and devastating wildfires are proof that we should pass the Resilient Federal Forests Act. We should allow forest managers and local communities that know these lands best to thin out the dead-wood without the bureaucracy or interest groups obstructing their every move. And we should stop emptying our forest management fund to pay to fight fires that should have been prevented. With these reforms, we can responsibly manage our forests, mitigate wildfires, and save lives.”