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Pombo's endangered species "extinction bill" passes in the House October 04, 2005 10:41 AM

Last week we told you that some members of Congress were attempting to cut the heart out of the Endangered Species Act by decreasing protections for our endangered species and severely weakening the law's vital safeguards. Thank you again for speaking out on behalf our endangered species. Unfortunately, despite all of our best efforts, on September 29, the Pombo Wildlife Extinction bill was passed by a vote of 229 to 193 in the House of Representatives. This vote is a setback, but the fight to protect our endangered species is far from over. Next, this bill will move to the Senate where we expect yet another tough fight and close vote. We hope that we can count on your support as we continue this battle to protect bald eagles, grizzly bears, Florida manatees and other endangered animals and plants. The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for our nation’s most vulnerable species on the brink of extinction. This landmark legislation has successfully protected hundreds of vulnerable species. Representative Pombo’s bill would cut large holes in this safety net and significantly weaken protections for our nation’s fish, plants, wildlife, and the places they call home. The cynically named “Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act" is an absolute nightmare for threatened and endangered species. One provision would end the protection of critical habitat necessary for the survival and recovery of animals and plants. Another provision states that taxpayers must pay developers to comply with the Endangered Species Act, setting up a dangerous precedent of paying people not to break the law. We’re not about to stop fighting now. ((We have strong allies in the Senate, and we're working with them to ensure that this extinction bill does not become law.)) will continue to keep you informed about what you can do to protect our endangered species. Thank you for all that you do to protect our endangered species. Katelyn Sabochik Online Campaign Manager  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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