This just in from Sen. Jon Tester's office: "A Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act on December 17."
Also from the release:
During the hearing, senators will hear testimony about what the bill does and why it should pass. It is unknown who will testify at the hearing, but Tester expects several witnesses from Montana.
UPDATE: Tester's release says senators will hear testimony about why the bill should pass, but the Indy learned this morning that an outspoken critic of the bill — perhaps the most outspoken — has been invited to attend the hearing. None other than Matthew Koehler, who has questioned the bill tirelessly since its announcement, was contacted by the subcommittee and is currently booking a ticket to be in D.C. on the 17th.
SECOND UPDATE: According to Koehler, the confirmed witness list includes:
Tim Baker, Montana Wilderness Association
Sherm Anderson, Sun Mountain Lumber
Mike McGinley, Beaverhead County Commissioner
Skip Hurt, Freemont County (ID) Commissioner
Matthew Koehler, WildWest Institute
Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited
McGinley and Hurt, as well as Koehler, have concerns about the bill.
We'll report more when we get closer to the hearing.