JOBS IN THE FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
(House of Representatives - June 27, 2013)

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                  JOBS IN THE FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY

  (Mr. DUFFY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. DUFFY. Today, I rise to talk about jobs in America and jobs in 
Wisconsin. One of the largest centers of our economy in rural Wisconsin 
is our forest products industry. And that industry is under assault.
  One of the largest portions of our forest is held by the Chequamegon-
Nicolet National Forest. In fact, from 1986 to 1992 we harvested 150 
million board feet of lumber a year, on average. Now, we harvest 98 
million board feet a year. We've reduced that by 50 percent. What does 
that do? That causes thousands of jobs to be lost in rural Wisconsin.
  Let's kick-start our economy. Let's put our loggers back to work. 
Let's open up our saw mills and paper mills. By opening up those mills, 
we have to open up our National Forests. Let's make sure our National 
Forests don't rot and burn but that we actually harvest them. They are 
a renewable resource and have a direct tie-in to jobs in rural 
Wisconsin.

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