01 Apr '11, 10pm

GOP-sponsored law would bill environmental organizations for WINNING lawsuits. Seriously.

Yesterday, Senator Vitter (R-LA) and Congressman Bishop (R-UT) introduced 2 companion bill s that, among other harmful policies, would prevent environmental non-profit organizations from recovering legal fees when they successfully sue under the Equal Access to Justice Act or the Endangered Species Act . In February, Rep. Lummis (R-WY) introduced similar language in an amendment to H.R. 1 (amendment no. 195). This bill would bar environmental groups from recovering attorney’s fees in the vast majority of situations, thus hindering their ability to bring cases protecting our nation’s environmental laws—laws that ensure we have clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and protected public lands on which to hunt and fish, among other benefits. The right to challenge harmful actions by the federal government is as fundamental to our democracy as our right to vote and freedo...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/epepper/gop-sponsored_b...

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