Rep. Peter DeFazio says that opposition to his bill to increase timber harvests is coming from "radical groups."
"Basically, these guys want zero cut on federal land," charged DeFazio, who added: "They certainly don't care about rural Oregon and 20 percent-plus unemployment" in some areas.
The rift between DeFazio and the environmental groups has been growing for the last few years as the 26-year veteran for Congress drafted the O&C bill along with Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore, and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. The measure passed the House last month and was sent to the Senate, where Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is drafting his own version.
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