Environment and Natural Resources

Cathy pushed through legislation to allow local people more say in managing our federal forests, to increase timber harvest and to prevent and fight forest fires. She also helped secure a fix to “fire borrowing” to make sure we have the resources we need to fight fires when they do happen.

Legislation to Extend the Secure Rural Schools Program (H.R. 2340) included in H.R. 1625. The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program gives around $500 million in funding over the next two years for timber-dependent communities that will help support schools and fix roads.

Legislation to protect the Columbia and Snake River dams (H.R. 3144). Our dams are a source of affordable, clean, and renewable energy here in Washington, that benefits our economy and allows us to have some of the cheapest electric rates in the country. This legislation protects our Snake River dams by codifying the 2014 Biological Opinion and stopping any additional spillovers, that could end up costing taxpayers over $40 million.

Hydropower Policy Modernization Act (H.R. 3043). It takes over a decade to fully license a dam and that is too long. This legislation would not change environmental standards, but would cut through government red tape and bureaucracy to speed up the hydropower relicensing process, so Americans are empowered to expand the use of clean renewable, hydroelectric energy, across the country.