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Republicans in Both Chambers Preparing to Tackle Endangered Species Act
By Benton Ives-Halperin, CQ Staff
A group of senators dominated by Western Republicans is taking aim at the Endangered Species Act and plans to introduce legislation by year's end that would require specific recovery plans for listed species and would rewrite critical habitat provisions of the law.
"The Endangered Species Act is not working and needs
to be changed," said Sen.
Michael B. Enzi
Chaired by Crapo and
When Lincoln, the lone Democrat in the group so far, joined this month she said that "solutions can be found that will better protect species without hindering the rights of landowners."
The Senate group also is considering changes to the law that would boost state involvement in listing decisions and increase oversight of recovery programs.
the House side, Resources Committee Chairman
Pombo plans to introduce his bill mid-September. "We're still in negotiations with the Democrats," said committee spokesman Matthew Streit. "We're confident that we'll have a very solid bill in September, and we're looking forward to working with the Senate," he said.
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