Deal in Works for Logging Money
Laramie, Wy – Payments to rural counties hurt by cutbacks in logging would continue for one year under a deal reached in Washington, D-C.
The measure calls for spending 400 million dollars to help 700 counties hurt by logging cutbacks.
Wyoming counties would get about two-point-four million dollars under the proposal.
Oregon Congressman Greg Walden says he and other lawmakers secured the one-year extension, as part of an emergency spending bill for the Iraq war.
But President Bush is threatening to veto it.
The bill containing the timber payments provides nearly 100 billion dollars the Bush administration requested for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan -- but also calls for withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq in 2008.