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Hardwood Resolution Passed by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in recognizing the importance of U.S. hardwood products as a sustainable resource in building construction. S. Res. 411 passed with unanimous consent on August 5.

According to the bill language, it urges that "U.S. hardwoods and the products derived from U.S. hardwoods be given full consideration in any program to promote construction of environmentally preferable commercial, public, or private buildings."

The Hardwood Federation generated nearly 600 letters by its members urging their representatives to sign on to S. Res. 411. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Blanch Lincoln (D-AR) and co-sponsored by 12 Senators from across the country.

This latest action follows passage of H. Res. 81 by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 15, 2009. That measure was sponsored by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (IN-8) and 52 cosponsors.

To view the history of the legislation, the list of sponsors, and the text of each resolution, click here. Search by bill number.  [Return to top]