Energy Committee Holds Hearing On Crapo, Wyden, Risch Secure Rural Schools Legislation
Washington, D.C. -- The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing today to examine federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs. The Committee considered several pieces of legislation related to rural county payments, including U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s (R-Idaho) legislation, S. 430. The Committee also considered U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-Oregon) legislation, S. 1643, of which Crapo has been a longtime supporter and co-sponsor. Senator Crapo provided written testimony in support of both pieces of legislation and commended the Committee for advancing consideration of these measures.
S. 430, introduced on February 11, 2019, would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which expired September 30, 2018. The Forest Management for Rural Stability Act (S. 1643), introduced by Senators Wyden, Crapo, Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) in May 2019, would establish a growing endowment to provide funding needed for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement and other essential services. It would end the need for short-term or retroactive reauthorizations of the SRS program