Cabin Fee Act of 2012

Floor Speech

By:  Rush Holt, Jr.
Date: Sept. 10, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, H.R. 3397, sponsored by our Chairman Hastings, authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to adjust the fees for private cabins on national forest lands.

We remain concerned about the impact this legislation may have on cabin owners of modest means, of which there are many. It appears that in order to reduce the fees for owners in the highest bracket, fees on the middle- and lower-value cabins would have to increase.

Many members of the committee do not object to the passage of this legislation at this time, although I wanted to bring up some personal concerns about the inequity of the new fee system. I'd like to work with the chairman and the cabin owners and the other body to achieve an equitable solution, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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