Lawmakers Complain Bush Budget Cuts California Firefighting Money

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are complaining that President Bush's 2009 budget proposal cuts money for firefighters
and fire prevention in the wake of last fall's devastating wildfires in California.

There's less money for hazardous fuels reduction in the budget blueprint Bush sent to Congress on Monday, and a program that provides federal grants directly to local fire departments is cut by more than 50 percent, according to California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.

Overall the budget for the U.S. Forest Service would decline from $4.5 billion in 2008 to $4.1 billion in 2009 under Bush's proposal. However the Democrats who control Congress will likely change those numbers before they become law.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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