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House Natural Resources Committee discusses five ESA bills

Cara J

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The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing regarding five bills focused on different aspects of the U.S. Endangered Species Act on Jul. 19. The ESA has been the subject of much debate in Congress for the past several years, and these bills are aimed at modifying the ESA to make it more effective and cooperative. At least two of the proposed bills are receiving bipartisan support. Five witnesses provided testimony before the committee —  Jeff Corwin, a biologist and host of ABC’s Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin; Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas; Kent Holsinger, Manager at Holsinger Law, LLC; David Willms, Policy Advisor for Wyoming Governor Matt Mead; and Greg Sheehan, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. H.R. 424 – Gray Wolf State Management Act Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) spoke in support of H.R. 424, a bill he introduced with bipartisan support that would require the U.S. Department of the Interior to reissue USFWS’ final rules that removed the gray wolf from the Endangered Species list in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming and exempt those rules from judicial review. Under this bill, the USFWS would have the ability to relist the wolves [...]


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