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Friday, March 27, 2009

Fund Created for Fighting Wildfires

The House voted 412 to 3 to create a fund to cover the costs of combating major wildfires. President Obama’s budget proposal included $357 million for a similar fund. The House bill, which now goes to the Senate, does not specify a dollar amount, which would be set later in spending bills. Lawmakers hope a reserve fund will make it less likely the Forest Service and other federal agencies will have to dip into other parts of their budgets that are dear to lawmakers to pay for fighting fires. The Forest Service and Interior Department

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The painting is by Frederik Marianus Kruseman

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