12 Jul '11, 1pm

Return of the Riders: GOP Assault on Endangered Species Continues In Interior Appropriations

Today, House appropriators will vote on the House Interior Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 , which passed the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on party lines last week. The bill makes steep cuts to funding necessary to protect endangered species, including zeroing funding for the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, which helps states implement voluntary protections for endangered wildlife on non-federal lands. Additionally, the bill includes a number of policy earmarks that attempt to undermine the Endangered Species Act. Perhaps the most disturbing of these is the extinction rider (p. 8), which would bar all new listings of threatened and endangered species and critical habitat designations for currently listed species, by preventing FWS from spending any money on such activities. By no accident, the bill does allow the Service to delist and dow...

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