Cabin Fee Act: Today’s Efforts
Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) introduced H.R. 1159
on March 14th, the Cabin Fee Act of 2013 (CFA). Under Doc’s leadership, a
successful ‘markup’ by the Natural Resource Committee quickly followed in
then went to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to determine its impact on
revenue. H.R. 1159 is essentially
identical to H.R. 3397, the 2012 Cabin Fee Act, which passed the House of
Representatives last September and was found to be revenue neutral by the CBO.
The only change to H.R.1159 was a slightly modified fee table (approved earlier
by the C2 Cabin Coalition) to address revenue differences due to the forward
shift of the ten year evaluation period.
spite of this adjustment, the CFA of 2013 was found to be short $8 million over
the period 2013 – 2023. The
forward shift has proven to be a higher hurdle than anyone expected. Small edits to the bill are being
examined, however, the actual appraisal data used in the projection is
receiving much closer scrutiny. Incomplete second appraisal data has been
identified and is being corrected.
A full data review by the Forest Service and the Cabin Coalition is under
way. We believe a fully parsed and
accurate data set will significantly reduce the revenue shortfall and allow the
bill to proceed. We are very
pleased with the collaborative response of the Forest Service in this process.
revenue neutrality is achieved, we expect a vote will be sought on the
standalone bill by the full House. Following House passage, the bill will go
directly to the desk of the Senate Majority Leader, where it could be brought
up at any time for a vote unless the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee (ENR) exercises its jurisdiction over the bill and seeks further
changes. Our position is to
encourage the Senate to support the House version. In case the bill is referred to the Senate ENR Committee, we
will continue to work closely with committee staff to resolve any concerns.
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