Apr 17, 2022
Congressmen Palazzo supports legislation banning timber imports from Russia

In 2021, the United States imported more than half-a-billion dollars’ worth of wood products from Russia ($459 million) and Belarus ($52 million). Russia is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wood, and wood exports are a $12 billion industry.

Mississippi Congressmen Michael Guest (MS-3) and Steven Palazzo (MS-4) became original cosponsors of the No Timber from Tyrants Act (H.R. 7437), which would ban imports of forest products from Russia and Belarus. The bill would also create more jobs, make U.S. forests more resilient, and fight back against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Congressman Guest stated that no one can fill U.S. demand for timber better than America and its allies. Guest said he is proud to join House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) in support of this legislation.

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