Helena, MT -

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines says getting a pro-logging bill through the House was a big victory, and is hopeful of its chances moving forward.

The first-term Republican discussed the bill to mandate more logging on federal land at a Monday meeting of the Montana Association of Counties.

Supporters say the measure that passed the House last week will create jobs and improve management of federal forests. Critics argue it is a one-sided industry giveaway that will harm the environment.

The White House has already threatened to veto it.

Daines hopes a compromise can be reached with Democrats, and said he hopes to enlist the backing of U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

Tester has had his own logging and wilderness bill languish in recent years amid partisan differences.