The severe drought afflicting much of the West is being used as a smokescreen by some in Congress to undermine critical environmental and wildlife laws including the Endangered Species Act. This past summer and spring, the House of Representatives and Senate passed bills designed to help affected communities with drought relief. Since then, they have not be able to find common ground.
Category Archives: Senator Dianne Feinstein
Yesterday evening, the Senate voted 52-42 to reject the amendment by Senator Murkowski (R-AK) that would have weakend an endangered species provision in the omnibus spending bill now being debated. As mentioned previously, the provision is designed to help repeal two Bush Administration regulations limiting protections under the Endangered Species Act. More detail is available in our recent press release. The omnibus bill is currently scheduled to be voted on early next week. We thank Senators Boxer, Cardin and Feinstein… Continue reading
The magnificent San Francisco Bay and Sacramento River Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast of North America and the source of the California salmon fishery which provides thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of income to the economy. Tragically, one of the nation’s most important ecosystems is collapsing and the salmon populations are endangered. Yesterday, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council announced California’s once abundant salmon runs came in at a new all time record low in… Continue reading
Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday of May. This year, Senator Feinstein has introduced a resolution designating Friday, May 15th 2009 as Endangered Species Day. The resolution encourages the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and opportunities to promote species conservation worldwide. It also… Continue reading