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Republicans Have Endangered Species in Their Sights

Five House Bills Would Weaken Protections for Threatened Animals

Radical Republicans are ramping up their attacks on the Endangered Species Act, the landmark legislation that helped save the bald eagle, our nation’s national bird, and protects more than 1,600 species.

The Committee on Natural Resources, led by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) who wants to repeal the act, has advanced five bills that would damage the Endangered Species Act and could lead to the extinction of wolverines, monarch butterflies and hundreds of other endangered and threatened animals, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The full House can now consider the bills.

“This legislative onslaught is a brutal, blatant effort to cripple the Endangered Species Act,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Republicans have portrayed the bills as a way to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act which was signed into law by former President Richard Nixon in 1973. The law had strong support from the Republicans in the 1970s, but it is under increased attack from what the party of Abraham Lincoln has become.

Since January, congressional Republicans have launched at least 46 legislative attacks against the law or endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity found that Republican attacks on the law increased as the oil and gas industry and agribusiness funneled more cash to Congress.

Action Box/What You Can Do About It

Rep. Rob Bishop

You can write Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources at 1324 Longworth House Office Building / Washington, D.C. 20515 / Phone: (202) 225-2761. His office number is 202-225-0453. Here he is on Facebook.

Here is contact information for the other representatives gutting the Endangered Species Act:

The Center for Biological Diversity can be reached at 520-623-5252 or [email protected]

Featured Photo: Bald eagles by Jim Coda.

October 10, 2017