ESA Approved by Committee
September 23, 2005
September 23, 2005 -- The House Committee on Resources overwhelmingly approved the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act (TESRA) of 2005 this week by a bipartisan vote of 26 to 12.
"Having this much bipartisan support coming from the committee sends a very strong signal to the rest of the House," said Chairman Richard Pombo (CA). "Improving this law for the 21st century has become a conservative, liberal and commonsense cause for this Congress. This bill will help turn three decades of conflict into real cooperation for species conservation and recovery."
The TESRA updates and improves the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Among the changes passed in committee are: replacing the critical habitat program with a more integrated recovery planning process; providing for the use of the best available scientific data in all decisions; and ensuring private property owner incentives and compensation.
The act will move to the full U.S. House of Representatives shortly.
?HR 3824 meets a number of American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) policies. Sheep industry members are encouraged to contact their representatives with support,? comment Peter Orwick, ASI executive director.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33