Oregon Forest Homeowners' Association
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Cabin Fee Act Update
From the National Forest Homeowners’ Association
August 8, 2014
The Cabin Fee Act (CFA) continues to await action by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Congress.
NFH and the Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) remain firmly committed to the CFA, pulling out all the stops and attempting every strategy that could make a difference to get it through Congress this year. In mid June, a nine-person delegation of NFH and C2 leadership, cabin owners, and our lobbyists traveled to Washington and visited 30 individual offices during a whirlwind three-day period. Congressmen, Senators, and their staffers were all well informed and largely supportive of the CFA, after a flood of over 400 email messages in response to our last grassroots call to action (thank you cabin owners – those emails make a difference!). We heard loud and clear from U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell that he is solidly in support of the legislation and wants to see it passed this year. It is a sensible solution and a non-controversial bill with strong bipartisan support, a win-win-win for the Forest Service, the public, and cabin owners. Influential sponsors and key committee members from both parties and in both chambers of Congress are poised to move the bill through to a vote as soon as possible. So what’s the problem?
At this moment in early August, we are still waiting on a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that scores the bill “revenue neutral,” meaning that under the CFA the cabin program will generate the same level of revenue as it would going forward under CUFFA. The bill cannot be taken to a floor vote until that determination is made. In March the CBO gave an unfavorable score to the senate version of the bill (S. 1341). Since then the House of Representatives has introduced a new CFA (H.R. 4873) – identical to the senate version – and the Forest Service has provided the CBO with updated and corrected information for a more complete calculation. NFH, C2, and the Forest Service all believe that using accurate data, the CFA will meet the test. The latest update we received is that the CBO will release its report by mid August. Then we need to wait until the House and Senate are back from recess on September 8, and will have to hit the ground running for a very short session, but our allies in Congress say they are ready to move it quickly.
Meanwhile, NFH and C2 continue to explore all of our options to provide some relief to cabin owners who are facing exorbitant permit fees and to avoid any loss of cabins in the program – losing cabins anywhere will erode and weaken the cabin program for everyone. Next year the cabin program will celebrate its centennial anniversary. We need to keep it healthy and strong for the next hundred years. Please be prepared to once again write your Congressmen and Senators in support of the CFA. Once we have the CBO report in hand, we will provide the message, the timing, and contact information. Stay Tuned!
May 14, 2014
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Please check the NFH website (http://www.nationalforesthomeowners.org/) regularly for further information about the latest CFA developments in 2013 and how you can help advance the cause.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN THE TIME COMES?
Contact our Senators and your Congressperson. Let them know we appreciate their support and want the Cabin Fee Act legislation passed in this new Congress.
Addendum from Pete Bailey, NFHA: The importance of a prompt ‘markup’ by the Energy & Natural Resources Committee is essential if we expect to have a chance at getting the bill passed this year. We ask that all Oregon cabin owners contact Senator Wyden before Monday, December 2 with the following message. Please try to put this in your own words as much as you can.
Give sincere thanks to Senator Wyden for his support and his commitment to get the Cabin Fee Act, S.1341, passed. This cannot be over emphasized:
Point out how much you appreciate his very positive remarks at the Nov. 20th hearing for S. 1341 by the Energy & Natural Resource Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. We are very pleased to have full Forest Service support for S.1341, but stress how important getting the CFA passed into law this year because next year the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) evaluations become even more problematic than this year. Ask that S.1341 receive a prompt ‘markup’ by the ENR committee, perhaps just after Thanksgiving. This will encourage a quick response from the CBO and improves our chances of passage this year! Oregon cabin owners and cabin owners everywhere want to see S. 1341 passed without changes.
Senator Ron Wyden contact information:
Address: 221 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley
Address: 313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3753
Website to find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Also, if you can help support these efforts financially, the NFHA could use additional funds for the lobbying efforts. For more information on how to help go to the NFHA website at: http://nationalforesthomeowners.org/ . If we all work together, hopefully we will have a better and fairer permit fee system in the future.