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H.R. 2936 (115th): Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 2936 expedites forest health projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and improves forest management activities on public lands and and Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands. The bill simplifies environmental process requirements, reduces project planning times, and lowers the cost of implementing forest management projects while still ensuring robust protection of the environment through environmental review. In addition, the legislation rewards collaboration, provides for an alternative process to resolve litigation against forest projects, and streamlines bureaucratic processes, while modernizing the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and empowering Resource Advisory Committees to bring diverse viewpoints together to solve national forest management problems.

The bill's proponents contend that the most significant result of diminished forest health is the significant increase in catastrophic …

Sponsor and status

Bruce Westerman

Sponsor. Representative for Arkansas's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 2, 2017
Length: 95 pages
Jun 20, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 1, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


18 Cosponsors (16 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Bishop, Westerman Call Out Senate Democrats for Delay in Finalizing 2018 Farm Bill
    — Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4] (Sponsor) on Oct 4, 2018

Year-in-Review: Greg Waldens top seven legislative wins for Oregon in 2017
    — Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2, 1999-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 29, 2017

House Unanimously Passes Crdenas Amendment to Study Drones in Wildfire Response
    — Rep. Tony Cárdenas [D-CA29] on Nov 2, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2936 will add $26 million in new spending through 2027.
Forests Forever H.R. 2936 would be an unprecedented hatchet job on America’s forests, wildlife, waters, and natural beauty.


Jun 20, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jun 22, 2017
Considered by House Committee on Natural Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 27, 2017
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Oct 4, 2017
Considered by House Committee on Agriculture

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Nov 1, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 2936 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2936. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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