Drier supports legislation for forests
The Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act, which would allow for more coordinated recovery efforts after a major disaster on federal land, was approved in the House of Representatives 243 to 182 on Wednesday.
Rep. David Dreier, a Republican who represents La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta, voted for the legislation, saying it would be beneficial, especially in foothill forest areas where fires, floods and mudslides have caused serious damage in recent years.
The bill would protect forests in the foothills by helping the government to be better prepared for response on federal land, Dreier said.
The legislation has support from the National Federation of Federal Employees, the Society of American Foresters and the National Assn. of Counties.
Dreier also voted Thursday to fund wartime programs while continuing to cut the federal deficit, Dreier representatives said.
The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2007 was approved by a vote of 218 to 210.
Dreier said the budget is pro-growthand takes care of troops, veterans and the nation's most needy.
The fiscal year 2007 budget resolution essentially freezes non-security domestic discretionary spending by increasing it 0.1% over last year.
The budget keeps Congress on track to cut the budget deficit in half from $521 billion projected in fiscal year 2004 to under $200 billion by 2009. It plans in advance for spending in response to natural disasters by reserving nearly $6.5 billion.
Women in business needs nominees
State Sen. Jack Scott, Assemblywoman Carol Liu and Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer are accepting nominations for their Seventh Annual Women In Business Awards.
Winners from several categories will be honored at an awards luncheon Sept. 7 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank.