~To All Oregon Cabin Owners: C2 Update from Pete Bailey~
We are enthused. The Cabin Fee Act (H.R. 4888) is definitely attracting interest and support in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA), now has 16 cosponsors and received a very positive hearing on April 22nd from the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ). All cabin owners are urged to continue to let their U.S. Representatives know how important this bill is to the future of their cabin ownership and to the continuation of the cabin program as a source of affordable, family recreation. If your Representative is a cosponsor of H.R. 4888 (listed below), please be sure to thank him or her. If not, ask your Representative to become a cosponsor. We will provide updates on future cosponsors.
No comparable legislation has yet been introduced in the U.S. Senate and our supporters there are looking for further progress regarding H.R. 4888 in the House. We urge all cabin owners to continue to ask their Senators to support this bipartisan legislation. They should be asked to support companion legislation in the Senate.
If your Senator is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests or the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, they should be asked to consider introducing this historic legislation. A list of those members is included below. While primary attention is now being focused on the House, cabin owner leaders and representatives have visited and are keeping in touch with key Senators and their staff to encourage bipartisan legislation in that body. Early introduction of a Senate bill similar to H.R. 4888 will facilitate early action there. We request your help in keeping the Cabin Fee Act "top of mind" for Senators, as well as Representatives.
Thanks for your continuing engagement and support. Let’s keep this moving forward.
Please, tell your Representative to cosponsor and support HR 4888.
Please, tell your Senators to support introduction of identical or similar legislation in the Senate.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND FORESTS
Ron Wyden, OR, Chairman
Portland office phone: 503-326-7525 Portland office fax: 503-326-7528
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Bob Menendez (NJ)
Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Mark Udall (CO)
Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Jeff Bingaman (NM) (Committee Chairman and ex officio member of all subcommittees)
John Barrasso (WY) (Ranking Subcommittee Member)
Jim Risch (ID)
John McCain (AZ)
Bob Bennett (UT)
Jeff Sessions (AL)
Bob Corker (TN)
Lisa Murkowski (AK) (Ranking Committee Member and ex officio member of all subcommittees)
SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES
Diane Feinstein (CA), Chair
Robert Byrd, (WV)
Patrick Leahy (VT)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Herb Kohl (WI)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Jack Reed (RI)
Ben Nelson (NE)
Jon Tester (MT)
Daniel Inouye (HI) (Committee Chairman and ex officio member of all subcommittees)
Lamar Alexander (TN) (Ranking Subcommittee Member)
Thad Cochran (MS) (Ranking Committee Member)
Bob Bennett (UT)
Judd Gregg (NH)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Susan Collins (ME)