April 04, 2007

Wyden Lauds Passage of County Payments Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted in favor of his multi-year proposal to restore funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. The Wyden-Reid-Baucus-Bingaman Amendment, which is now included in the 2007 Emergency Supplement Appropriations bill, passed the Senate by a vote of 75 to 22.

"Thanks to the wise action of the U.S. Senate today, rural communities across the country can rest a little easier tonight.

"After two years of Federal inaction, the U.S. Senate today took the first important step toward honoring its 100-year obligation to rural counties and schools. I urge the House of Representatives to work with us in conference to ensure that these rural counties are not turned into national sacrifice zones.

"I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their tremendous work and support in getting it done."

To learn more about the Wyden-Reid-Baucus-Bingaman amendment visit: http://wyden.senate.gov/Wyden_Reid_Baucus_Bingaman.html