CONGRESSMAN PEARCE: ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT THREATENS AMERICAN JOBS
Washington, DC (July 27, 2011) Today,the House voted to adopt an amendment to H.R. 2584, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), strikes language originally contained in the bill stipulating that no money is to be spent on any new endangered species listings.
“It is unfortunate that members of the House today voted to support listings that recklessly endanger jobs in New Mexico and nationwide,” said Pearce. “These listings come at the behest of special interest groups, lobbyists, and lawyers, who spend millions to advance their agenda while ignoring the needs of the American people. Thousands of New Mexican jobs are at stake over the listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard alone. During these difficult economic times, we cannot afford to needlessly sacrifice even a single job.”
Rep. Pearce plans to offer an amendment specific to the listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard, and calls upon his colleagues to join him in this effort to protect New Mexico jobs.
The lizard is already protected under Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs) authored by Fish and Wildlife and local stakeholders. Rep Pearce has consistently advocated these agreements as an approach that protects both the lizard and jobs. Mr. Pearce’s office has heard from hundreds of constituents who oppose the listing because of its threat to their local communities—in April, over 700 New Mexicans attended a rally and public hearing to voice their opposition to the listing.