This Congress has seen at least 80 different legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act. In its 42 years, the Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species placed under its protection. In spite of this bedrock law’s record of success and wild popularity, it is being targeted by anti-wildlife members of Congress at a previously unseen level of frequency and ferocity.
As the omnibus government spending bill makes its way through Congress, it is crucial that President Obama commit to reject any anti-Endangered Species Act provisions should they arrive on his desk. Any one of the anti-Endangered Species Act policy riders could weaken protection for the many species the law protects. Gray wolves, grizzly bears, blackfooted ferrets, beluga whales, and many more species could find their protections slashed.
This week, 25 members of the U.S. Senate joined 92 members of the House of Representatives in asking that President Obama oppose all legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act in the Interior appropriations bill. Included in these “riders” that these Senators and Representatives are urging President Obama to reject, is one that would delist gray wolves.
This Congressional effort to safeguard the Endangered Species Act is being led by Representatives Raul Grijalva (AZ), Niki Tsongas (MA), Anna Eshoo (CA), Mike Thompson (CA), and Debbie Dingell (MI) in the House, and Senators Booker (NJ) and Boxer (CA) in the Senate. You can read their release including the letter here.
You can join these members of the Senate and House of Representatives in acting to protect one of America’s most important conservation laws by asking President Obama to Veto Extinction.
Please call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and ask to leave a message for President Obama.
When you call, you don’t need to say a lot—just let them know your name, where you’re calling from, and this main message:
Hello. My name is [Full Name] from [City and State]. I respectfully request that President Obama reject all policy “riders” in government spending legislation that undermine the Endangered Species Act
This is a critical time that could determine the future of the Endangered Species Act. Please make a short call to the White House today.
If you would rather not make a call, you can purchase a call to be made on your behalf through the website Amplifyd.com and a percentage of the cost will be donated to the Endangered Species Coalition.
Update 11/17/15: 150 organizations including the Endangered Species Coalition sent a letter to the White House urging that President Obama flatly reject all riders that undermine the Endangered Species Act.