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House Approves Bill Gutting Endangered Species Act!

Today the House of Representatives passed Rep. Pombo's "Extinction" ESA Reform bill (H.R. 3824) by a vote of 229 - 193. 34 Republicans voted against the bill, 36 Democrats voted for it.

The complete vote tally may be found at:
 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll506.xml
Please contact your Representative - thank them or take them to task for their vote. You can call the Capital Switchboard (202) 224-3121 or send an e-mail via  link to sierraactivist.org.

If you have the time, letters to the editor would be terrific.

Dennis

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Dennis W. Schvejda, Advocacy Director
NY/NJ Trail Conference

Sierra Club Press Release:

Congress Takes First Step Toward Gutting Endangered Species Act

Rep. Pombo's Legislation Would Turn Back 30 Years of Successful Stewardship

Washington, D.C. -- Congress took the first step today toward gutting the 30-year old Endangered Species Act, America's safety net for fish and wildlife at the edge of extinction, voting 229 to 193 for legislation crafted by House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA). The bill eliminates habitat protection measures for fish and wildlife facing extinction, creates an exemption for the approval of potentially dangerous pesticides and establishes a new entitlement program for developers and polluters. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), implementation of the Pombo legislation will cost the U.S. taxpayer $2.7 billion over the next five years.

"If Congressman Pombo's bill becomes law, animals such as the Peninsular bighorn sheep and wild salmon will be guaranteed less room to roam and be less likely to recover," said Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director. "American children would be left a future with more strip malls than salmon runs and more freeways than fox dens."

"We look now to the Senate to stave off similar attempts to rewrite America's conservation priorities and surrender to special interests," said Pope.

The legislation eliminates habitat conservation measures on tens of millions of acres of land around the country, the "critical habitat" of species facing extinction, and prevents such conservation activities in the future. Analysis of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data shows that species with critical habitat are more likely to be increasing in number and heading towards recovery than species without by a 2:1 margin.

The legislation also creates a new entitlement program by requiring the federal government to pay developers, the oil industry and polluters to avoid destroying the habitat of publicly owned fish and wildlife. According to the CBO, the giveaways for developers and bureaucracy that would become entrenched if Pombo's bill becomes law would double the cost of conserving fish and wildlife listed under the Endangered Species Act. Those costs would climb to $2.7 billion over the next five years.

"Since when does paying people not to violate the law constitute sound policy?" asked Pope. "Pombo's bill would not only gut the Endangered Species Act, it risks bankrupting existing wildlife conservation programs that aid landowners and rural businesses and places an undue burden on taxpayers."

The Endangered Species Act enjoys a proven track record of success. Ninety-nine percent of all the fish, plants and wildlife ever conserved under the Endangered Species Act have been saved from becoming lost forever, including the bald eagle and the grizzly bear.

This attempt to rewrite the landmark law is just the latest attempt by Rep. Pombo to undermine America's bedrock environmental protections. In addition to his assault on the Endangered Species Act, he's also working to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, and pushing controversial measures to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off America's coasts, and sell off National Parks to private interests.

Nooo! 30.Sep.2005 07:15

sick

No! NO. Shit, there are so many fucking things going on, I let this one slip by. I didn't mean to. I've been doing research, and trying to plan a response, and I just fucking let go of it. Not that I can even make a difference, but shit. I didn't even do anything. Is there anything left to do? What happens now? Doens't it have to clear the senate or something? What can be done? SHIT.

Jesus! 30.Sep.2005 07:54

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Nobody knew about it. Where were the alerts from all the usual suspects all around? Who are the fucking Democrats who voted for it? Where are their fucking heads? Will the Senate vote for it too? Jesus!

Perhaps the Senate or even the courts... 30.Sep.2005 08:24

Pravda or Consequences

The right will kill for its agenda, what will we do?

Passed in the House 30.Sep.2005 14:30

Still has to pass the Senate

The reason you may not have heard about it is that is what some call a "rocket docket." The speed with which it is cruising through the usually slow bureaucratic process is too fast without a lot of string pulling.

The "Democrats" Were Largely Responsible for Passing Pombo's Bill 30.Sep.2005 19:29

Bedouin

Some stats from the Extinction Support Act ("Pombo Bill") vote in the (out) House...

36 "Democrats" voted aye (for the bill)
28 Republicans voted nay (against the bill)

There were 8 Democrats who didn't vote (reasons unknown--one was Barbara Lee of CA)
There were 3 Republicans who didn't vote (reasons unknown)

The "Pombo Bill" passed by 229 for to 193 against, with 11 not voting

_If_ the 36 "Democrats" had voted against the bill (with no change in the Republican no votes) the results would have been tied:
229 for and 229 against. Then the godfather, Dick Cheney, would have been brought in to cast a yes vote to break the tie and pass the Bill.

_If_ in addition to the 36 "Democrats" who could have voted against the Bill, and the 28 Republican no votes stayed, and all of the non-voters of both parties had voted their party lines, the Bill would have been defeated 237 to 232.

Many of the "Democrat" yes votes were from the South and surprisingly many from California (apparently on the payroll from the same sources as the Bill's creator, California Republican Richard Pombo, gets paid).
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Here is the Website source for these numbers (no endorsement of the Website sponsor is intended):
 link to action.defenders.org

'The Roll Call of Shame' 01.Oct.2005 14:32

Depuzzled

Here's the 'Roll Call of Shame' for House Roll Call #506
 http://clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2005&rollnumber=506
(See above URL for easier-to-read format.)

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FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 506
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 3824 RECORDED VOTE 29-Sep-2005 5:12 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act


Ayes Noes NV
Republican 193 34 3
Democratic 36 158 8
Independent 1
TOTALS 229 193 11

---- AYES 229 ---
Abercrombie
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Baca
Bachus
Baker
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Beauprez
Berry
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Boren
Boustany
Boyd
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Cardoza
Carter
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole (OK)
Conaway
Costa
Costello
Cramer
Crenshaw
Cubin
Cuellar
Cunningham
Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Davis, Jo Ann
Deal (GA)
DeLay
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Drake
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards
Emerson
English (PA)
Everett
Feeney
Flake
Forbes
Ford
Fortenberry
Fossella
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gibbons
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gohmert
Goode
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Gutknecht
Hall
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth
Hinojosa
Hoekstra
Holden
Hostettler
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Inglis (SC)
Issa
Istook
Jenkins
Jindal
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
Kuhl (NY)
Latham
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
Lucas
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Marshall
Matheson
McCaul (TX)
McCotter
McCrery
McHenry
McHugh
McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris
Melancon
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Mollohan
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Murtha
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Ortiz
Osborne
Otter
Oxley
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Poe
Pombo
Pomeroy
Porter
Price (GA)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Regula
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Salazar
Schmidt
Scott (GA)
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Skelton
Smith (TX)
Sodrel
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Tanner
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thompson (MS)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Walden (OR)
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weller
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wynn
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

---- NOES 193 ---
Ackerman
Allen
Andrews
Baird
Baldwin
Bass
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Biggert
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boehlert
Boucher
Bradley (NH)
Brady (PA)
Brown (OH)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Carnahan
Carson
Case
Castle
Chandler
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Conyers
Cooper
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis, Tom
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle
Ehlers
Emanuel
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Evans
Farr
Ferguson
Filner
Fitzpatrick (PA)
Foley
Frank (MA)
Frelinghuysen
Gerlach
Gilchrest
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Hastings (FL)
Higgins
Hinchey
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kelly
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kind
Kirk
Kucinich
LaHood
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
LaTourette
Leach
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lynch
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy
McCollum (MN)
McDermott
McGovern
McKinney
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Pelosi
Platts
Price (NC)
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Reichert
Reyes
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanders
Saxton
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schwartz (PA)
Schwarz (MI)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Shaw
Shays
Sherman
Simmons
Slaughter
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stark
Strickland
Stupak
Tauscher
Thompson (CA)
Tierney
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Upton
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walsh
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Weldon (PA)
Wexler
Wolf
Woolsey
Wu

---- NOT VOTING 11 ---
Boswell
Culberson
Davis (FL)
Fattah
Gutierrez
Harman
Hobson
Lee
Paul
Payne
Towns