The Times News: Our View: Cheers and Jeers

By: Times-News Editorial Board –


Cheers to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who this week soldiered on in his battle to get wildfires correctly designated as natural disasters.

Federal agencies have been robbing Peter to pay Paul — backward policy that ultimately results in more fires because of mismanagement. Crapo and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have spent a couple of years trying to change that. Now, they’re trying to slam it through as part of the Senate’s government-wide funding package. It’s a smart move.

But partisan politics, especially in the House, have erected needless barriers. Hopefully, Rep. Mike Simpson can this year swing House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who keeps stalling the bill…

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