Rubenstein Fellow, Robert Bonnie remarks on the reauthorization of the farm bill and wildfire management in The Washington Examiner, Before Passing Farm Bill, Congress Has a Big Fight Over Wildfires to Get Through, on October 10, 2018.
“The marginal benefits of giving the Forest Service more authority for projects won’t make that big of a difference,” Robert Bonnie, the Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary of agriculture for natural resources and environment in the Obama administration, told the Washington Examiner. “If Bishop and Westerman are serious about getting work done in national forests, they need to be talking with appropriators and not messing with the Farm Bill,” added Bonnie, who oversaw the Forest Service. “The omnibus stopped the bleeding. But this is fundamentally a money problem.”