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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:04 PM

GOP OBSTRUCTIONISM FUELS CO FLAMES: Senate Republicans Blocked Pine Beetle Hearings in 2010

In 2010 Senator Udall was blocked from even having a hearing on this vital issue by the Republicans.

Washington, D.C. - For several months, U.S. Senator Mark Udall worked with Senate leaders to schedule Colorado's first bark beetle hearing. Senator Udall's bill, the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act, was originally scheduled to be heard in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, with Colorado State Senator Dan Gibbs testifying about the danger posed to Colorado communities by bark beetle-damaged trees. If passed, the bill would give the Forest Service and Interior Department more resources to reduce bark beetle-related safety and health threats.

But Colorado's bark beetle hearing was canceled yesterday due to Republican obstructionism. Angry over the passage of health insurance reform legislation, Republican leaders used an arcane rule to cancel committee hearings while vowing not to cooperate with Democrats for the rest of the year.


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"Republican leaders ought to know better. These types of political games only hurt constituents, not Democratic lawmakers. In Colorado, we have mountains covered with orange-colored dying trees, and, as a result, homes are at risk of wildfire and hikers and workers in danger of being hurt by falling trees. This is a public safety emergency that needs to be addressed immediately. Republican games just give Coloradans one more hurdle to jump through to get help," Udall said. "Summer is around the corner, and that means fire season will be here soon. Thanks to the Republicans, much-needed help is on hold."

State Senator Dan Gibbs flew back to Colorado today without having the opportunity to testify. "If Republican leadership had any idea of what we are facing in Colorado with this epidemic, they would stop these games now and let us do our jobs and help Colorado with this serious issue," Gibbs said.


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MORE:
http://www.markudall.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=536


Now it's 2012 and Fort Collins is on fire and Senator Udall is still fighting to get adequate funding into the 2012 Farm Bill. Pardon me for being angry but the son of a good friend lost his home yesterday.

MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/12/1099377/-Senate-Republicans-Blocked-Pine-Beetle-Hearings-in-2010

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kpete Jun 2012 OP
tk2kewl Jun 2012 #1
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Politicalboi Jun 2012 #3
liberal N proud Jun 2012 #4
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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:07 PM

1. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:13 PM

2. The Republicans are literally destroying this country

When I think of all the wildlife that's burning to death in those fires, it just makes me weep.

I hate the GOP so much that I have stopped speaking to any Republican unless I am forced to. I just can't abide their destructive bullshit any longer. Life's just too goddamn short.



Diane
Anishinaabe in MI & mom to Leo, Taz & Nigel, members of Dogs Against Romney, Cat Division
"Dogs Aren’t Luggage--HISS!”

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:14 PM

3. I guess Udall didn't get the message

I would think talking about beetles and their threat would be like talking about rising sea levels. Perhaps Udall should have spelled beetles Beatles. LOL!

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:16 PM

4. The people have to wake up, the GOP will let America burn.

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:22 PM

5. kick

those Repub ostriches in the ass

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:24 PM

6. The GOP is sabatoging America!

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:45 PM

7. k

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:47 PM

8. Meanwhile ... Mitt says we don't need more firefighters.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:13 PM

9. Remember

 

Remember one thing: when a repig says "evil libruls hate America!", he is actually expressing his/her feelings.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:56 PM

10. I was shopping in the Boulder/Longmont area this morning

just 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour south of the fire and all people could talk about was how fast the fire spread because of the combination of lack of rain/snow in the area and acres of dead pines due to the pine bark beetle infestations.

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