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LCV Statement on House Votes on Endangered Species

Jul 27, 2023

Washington, D.C. – In response to the House passing S.J. Res. 9 and S.J. Res. 24, Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions to rescind protections for the lesser prairie-chicken and northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act, LCV released the following statement from Conservation Program Director, America Fitzpatrick:

“Today, extreme MAGA Republican House leadership prioritized politics over science by taking the unprecedented step of voting to remove protections for not one, but two individually protected species, the lesser prairie chicken and northern long-eared bat. This is the first time in the CRA’s 30-year history that Congress has attempted to use this law to rescind Endangered Species Act protections for individual species. LCV applauds President Biden’s commitment to vetoing these resolutions and rejecting House Republicans’ attempts to undermine the Endangered Species Act, which has been credited with saving 99% of listed species like the iconic bald eagle from extinction. This year, on the 50th anniversary of the ESA’s passage, it is more important than ever to uphold this bedrock environmental law in the face of these threats.”