Congressman Brady & County Leaders Celebrate Passage of Secure Rural Schools Funding
Congress extends program that funds local schools & roads for two years
I recently helped pass a two year extension of the Secure Rural Schools funding program in Congress, assuring that critical financial support continues for East Texas counties with federal forest lands.
The Secure Rural Schools & Community Self-Determination Act was included in a new law that improves the way the government pays local doctors to treat Medicare patients – a major reform of Medicare.
The timber act expired in September 2013, which resulted in a loss of funding last year to support critical programs in local schools and forested counties across Texas, including Houston, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties.
The measure provided that Texas forested counties will receive $2.3 million in Secure Rural Schools funding by June 1, 2015.
This funding is critical for my East Texas schools and counties, helping avoid higher property taxes or cuts in critical road, bridge and education services. I’m proud to be working hand-in-hand with our county judges, commissioners and leaders to secure this funding until a permanent solution can pass Congress.
East Texas alone is home to over a dozen national forests.