DelBene Bill Would Help Rural Economies, Create Jobs
BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today discussed ways to open up new markets and create jobs for rural communities through research and incentives for tall wood building construction.
“Washington’s First District is home to rural communities with economies dependent on forest products. Through innovations in timber we can encourage the use of green building materials in construction while creating jobs and supporting healthy forests,” DelBene said. “Advancing tall wood building construction through the Timber Innovation Act is a win for working families and our environment.”
DelBene introduced the bipartisan Timber Innovation Act (H.R. 5628) to spur the use of tall wood building construction – those above 85 feet or seven stories – through the use of less expensive and less carbon-intensive building materials, like cross-laminated timber (CLT).
“Cross laminated timber means reduced carbon emissions and advanced manufacturing jobs in rural communities across the Pacific Northwest,” said Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin. “These new jobs promote forest health, vibrant communities and resilient economies for all of us in Washington state.”
DelBene’s bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06). Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA.) is also a cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill.
Specifically, the legislation would: