Bailout Bill Includes Timber Payments

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The financial rescue plan signed by President
Bush extends a program that pays rural counties hurt by federal
logging cutbacks.
Senators inserted the timber provision as one of several
sweeteners to attract more votes for the bailout bill, which the
House approved today, two days after the Senate.
The timber provision was especially welcome in the West.
Lawmakers from both parties have been trying for years to renew it.
The law provides hundreds of millions of dollars to Oregon,
Idaho and other states, mostly in the West, that once depended on
federal timber sales to pay for schools, libraries and other
services in rural areas. In all, payments go to 700 counties in 39

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