Washington Report

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House Panel Passes Endangered Species Act (ESA) Reform

The House Natural Resources Committee on Oct. 4 passed legislation that would make targeted improvements to the Endangered Species Act. NAR sent a letter supporting these measures.

The bills approved included:

  • H.R. 717, “Listing Reform Act” (Rep. Pete Olson), requires review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species – Reported on a 26-13 vote.
  • H.R. 1274, “State, Tribal and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act” (Rep. Dan Newhouse), requires making available to States affected by determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species all data that is the basis of such determinations – Reported on a 26-14 vote.
  • H.R. 2603, “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act" or the "SAVES Act (Rep. Louie Gohmert), requires that nonnative species in the United States shall not be treated as endangered species or threatened species – Reported on a 22-16 vote.
  • H.R. 3131, "Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act." (Rep. Bill Huizenga), conforms ESA citizen suits under that Act with other existing law - Reported on a 22-16 vote.

These bills, when passed by Congress and signed into law, will improve the transparency, accountability and the use of sound science in the ESA decision-making process. NAR will continue to push these reform measures in the Senate as well.