Despite High Park Fire raging, Cory Gardner votes against wildfire prevention because I don't know why
Hey! Mr. Gardner! Did you notice that 60,000 acre fire burning in your congressional district? It's right there! See it? NOW WHY DID YOU VOTE AGAINST BETTER WILDFIRE PREVENTION?!?!??
This evening, Rep. Cory Gardner voted against an amendment to a bill that added three sections to a bill amending the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.Three sections:
- Allowing the federal government to contract with states to treat insect-infected trees and remove hazardous fuels from national forests. Priority was given to protecting schools, homes, and health facilities.
- Preventing the bill form overriding tribal sovereignty and preserving burial and sacred sites.
- Requiring National Park visitor centers to sell only goods made in the United States.
Cory Gardner voted against that amendment. Gardner voted against taking steps to treat insect-infected trees, such as those under assault by the pine beetle. He voted against preserving tribal rights and burial grounds. And he voted against U.S. National Parks selling stuff made in the U.S. I know he doesn't care about the front range now that he's been redistricted, but I cannot see how that makes it ok to vote against increase wildfire prevention efforts. I'm not sure he ever knew who he was suppose to be representing, but obviously he has now given up pretending even. Whatever his party wants he votes for, forget what Colorado needs.Maybe he needs a new slogan: "Cory Gardner: for big oil, for wildfires, for climate change, against Colorado interests. Because that's what he's paid for." Voting against wildfire prevention? Now? Really? I know politics always wins in Gardner's book, but voting against this is inexplicable.
At the end of the bill, insert the following: TITLE XV—REDUCING THE RISK OF WILDFIRE; PROTECTING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY; MAKE IT IN AMERICA SEC. 1501. REDUCING THE RISK OF WILDFIRE. The Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior are au- thorized to enter into contracts or agreements with a State to permit the State to treat insect-infected trees and re- move hazardous fuels on Federal land located in the State, in order to reduce the risk of wildfire. Priority shall be given to the protection of homes, schools, and healthcare, nursing, and assisted living facilities. SEC. 1502. PROTECTING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY. Nothing in this Act shall override Tribal sovereignty, including with respect to Native American burial or other sacred sites. SEC. 1503. MAKE IT IN AMERICA. The Secretary of the Interior shall ensure that all 7 items offered for sale in any gift shop or visitor center located within a unit of the National Park System are produced in the United States.