Comprehensive Science Authorization Bill to Bolster Federal Agenda on Wildfires Passes Committee with Bipartisan Amendments

November 17, 2021
Press Release
The National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act will identify & invest in R&D; coordinate wildfire science efforts across federal government’s science agencies

WASHINGTON, DC – H.R. 5781, National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee by voice vote on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The comprehensive science authorization bill will strengthen federal coordination of research and operational efforts and advance a united federal agenda for reducing wildland fire risk.

“We heard from many Committee Members about the increasingly-devastating impact of wildfires on their districts and the importance of this legislation. Now, we must move this forward quickly in the House of Representatives to bring all of the federal government’s scientific resources to bear in helping prevent the loss of life and property from wildfires in America,” said Lofgren. “I believe the amendments offered by my colleagues and adopted by the Committee have further strengthened the legislation.”

The Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute offered by Lofgren was developed to incorporate input from the agencies, institutions, departments, and first responders that will be directly involved in wildfire detection, mitigation, and suppression. The Committee also voted to adopt bipartisan amendments from Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) and Reps. Jay Obernolte (R-CA-8), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7), Sean Casten (D-IL-6), Ami Bera (D-CA-7), Young Kim (R-CA-39), Jake LaTurner (R-KS-2), Randy Weber (R-TX-14) and Randy Feenstra (R-IA-4).

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