Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today praised the inclusion of a one-year extension of Secure Rural Schools in the transportation reauthorization bill it is considering.
"The Senate did the right thing by voting overwhelmingly to include a one-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program in their transportation bill," Larsen said. "This program is hugely important to Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties as a lifeline to compensate them for lost timber revenues.
"Dollars from Secure Rural Schools go directly to helping counties maintain their roads and keep teachers in classrooms. Counties with federally managed lands lose out on revenue they would otherwise get. Secure Rural Schools reimburses those counties, giving them the funding they need to support their schools and infrastructure. Government officials and school administrators across Northwest Washington regularly tell me how critical the program is to providing these critical services to our communities.
"I will work hard with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to ensure that the program is included in any final transportation bill passed in the House."