Representative Michael Fitzpatrick

U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district.

While keeping the Endangered Species Act’s successes in mind, it is essential that we continue to be vigilant in protecting species facing the threat of extinction.

Since the passage of the historic Endangered Species Act of 1973, numerous species have avoided extinction because of effective protections issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The preservation of formerly endangered species—such as the bald eagle, a powerful symbol of national pride—demonstrates the widespread success of the Endangered Species Act. While keeping the Endangered Species Act’s successes in mind, it is essential that we continue to be vigilant in protecting species facing the threat of extinction. In order to maintain the effectiveness of this bipartisan legislation, our elected officials must support robust funding for renewed conservation efforts. By working vigorously to save species facing extinction today, we will leave behind a more vibrant and diverse environment for tomorrow.