CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 81 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, September 15, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) on January 22, 2009.
H.Res. 81 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes that United States hardwoods are an abundant, sustainable, and legal resource under the United States rule of law; and
• "Urges that United States hardwoods and products derived from United States hardwoods should be given full consideration in any program directed at constructing environmentally preferable commercial, public, or private buildings."
According to the resolution's findings, United States hardwoods are grown by thousands of small family landowners who may harvest trees only once or twice in a generation; and the United States hardwoods and the products derived from United States hardwoods are prized throughout the world as a superior and long-lasting building material.