7:57 PM EDT

Peter A. DeFazio, D-OR 4th

Mr. DeFAZIO. Mr. Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from California will be postponed.

AMENDMENT NO. 4 OFFERED BY MR.

SMITH

OF MISSOURI

The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 4 printed in part C of House Report 113-215.

7:58 PM EDT

Doug LaMalfa, R-CA 1st

Mr. LaMALFA. I appreciate working with the chairman of the committee, Doc Hastings, on the amendments to this legislation.

This amendment seeks to prevent the Department of Justice from seeking excessive, unquantifiable damages from property owners who have fires accidentally escape from their property onto public lands.

We have seen U.S. Attorneys sue landowners for hundreds of millions of dollars above the damage to national forests and the costs of firefighting based on very speculative claims about the value of habitat--claims which appear to be based not on science, not on fact, but only on the desire to generate revenue for the government.

When the Forest Service gains as much revenue from lawsuits as it does from timber receipts from an actual working forest, something is surely wrong with the system. This language would help to end that problem in many Western States. However, I plan to continue working on this issue until we develop a 50-State solution to this problem. So it is for these reasons that I respectfully ask unanimous consent to withdraw this amendment at this time.

The Acting CHAIR. Without objection, the amendment is withdrawn.

There was no objection.

AMENDMENT NO. 7 OFFERED BY MR.

LAMALFA

The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 7 printed in part C of House Report 113-215.

7:59 PM EDT

Doug LaMalfa, R-CA 1st

Mr. LaMALFA. I appreciate working with the chairman of the committee, Doc Hastings, on the amendments to this legislation.

This amendment seeks to prevent the Department of Justice from seeking excessive, unquantifiable damages from property owners who have fires accidentally escape from their property onto public lands.

We have seen U.S. Attorneys sue landowners for hundreds of millions of dollars above the damage to national forests and the costs of firefighting based on very speculative claims about the value of habitat--claims which appear to be based not on science, not on fact, but only on the desire to generate revenue for the government.

When the Forest Service gains as much revenue from lawsuits as it does from timber receipts from an actual working forest, something is surely wrong with the system. This language would help to end that problem in many Western States. However, I plan to continue working on this issue until we develop a 50-State solution to this problem. So it is for these reasons that I respectfully ask unanimous consent to withdraw this amendment at this time.

The Acting CHAIR. Without objection, the amendment is withdrawn.

There was no objection.

AMENDMENT NO. 7 OFFERED BY MR.

LAMALFA

The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 7 printed in part C of House Report 113-215.