Forest Service chief to headline spending hearings

By Manuel Quiñones, Marc Heller | 04/08/2024 06:37 AM EDT

Numerous other administration officials will also be defending the president’s budget plan this week.

Randy Moore.

Forest Service Chief Randy Moore is scheduled to be back on Capitol Hill this week to defend the president's fiscal 2025 budget plan. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Forest Service Chief Randy Moore will face Senate appropriators this week as lawmakers ramp up hearings to pick apart the president’s fiscal 2025 budget plan.

The Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee will question Moore about a plan that would set discretionary spending at $6.5 billion.

The budget proposal includes increases for removing wildfire fuel from national forests, research and vegetation, and watershed management.


The proposal would also maintain temporary pay increases Congress and the Biden administration awarded wildland firefighters and calls for them to be made permanent. Lawmakers extended the raise in the final fiscal 2024 bills.