McClintock's fire salvage bill is flawed

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re “Clock is ticking on crucial bill” (Letters, Jan. 19): Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, claims his Yosemite Rim Fire Salvage Act is modeled on successful bipartisan legislation, but HR 3188 doesn’t represent the original legislation. His bill also doesn’t have bipartisan support. It was voted out of committee by only one vote, although Republicans have a majority of five. This bill is an exercise in futility, with almost no chance of becoming law before the U.S. Forestry Service’s Rim Fire Recovery Project is implemented. Of more importance to the residents of his district is his voting record. McClintock voted against ending the government shutdown, which cost the communities around Yosemite millions of dollars, and against approving the federal budget, which passed this month. He has voted for a bill, mostly written by Citigroup, that keeps government insurance on banks’ risky swaps trading. (This practice involves customized contracts traded between private parties.) McClintock’s actions help make our economic situation worse.

-- Cayce Jones, Midpines

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