Peter DeFazio criticizes environmental groups

Peter DeFazio criticizes environmental groups

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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