Lowey Offers Amendment to Protect the Endangered Species Act

Lowey Offers Amendment to Protect the Endangered Species Act


My amendment would protect the Endangered
Species Act by striking harmful sections from the bill pertaining to the gray wolf and the
sage grouse. The Endangered Species Act is one of the most
effective and important conservation laws ever passed by Congress. Its success is due in large part to careful
scrutiny of scientific evidence and the critical analysis of all factors related to the status
of a species. A species is only listed as endangered or
threatened after rigorous assessment of the risk of its extinction. These riders meddle in the process and dismantle
crucial sections of the Endangered Species Act, forever weakening the protections they
offer, including prohibiting judicial review. Section 117 is another poison pill that would
include the Mexican Gray Wolf, the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. There are only 113 Mexican Gray Wolves in
the wild, yet this rider would prohibit the Department of Interior from treating it as
endangered. By prioritizing politics over conservation,
this bill would cause irreparable damage to the integrity of the Endangered Species Act
and threaten the very survival of various species. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle,
you control both chambers of Congress and the White House. If you wish to implement this policy
agenda, do it on the House floor and not through appropriation bills. I urge my colleagues to support the Amendment.

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