House passes bill to extend subsidies for Oregon timber

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SALEM, Ore. — The U.S. House has passed a bill that includes a one-year extension of federal subsidies for local timber counties.

Oregon counties are getting around $100 million under the extension of the now expired Secure Rural Schools program.

The money was attached to a bill that would avoid an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve.

The decision sends the measure back to the Senate, which has already backed the bill but must conform with technical changes made in the House.