"Unfortunately, President Trump and Interior Secretary Bernhardt – a former lobbyist for Halliburton– could care less about conservation and environmental protection."
Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, issued this statement following the Trump administration’s move to dramatically curtail enforcement of the Endangered Species Act:
“The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s most powerful success stories.
“Passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by a Republican president, it serves as a model for what we can accomplish when Washington sets aside political differences and works together for the good of our country.
“Countless species – including the American bald eagle – have been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to the robust set of tools provided by the Endangered Species Act.
“Unfortunately, President Trump and Interior Secretary Bernhardt – a former lobbyist for Halliburton– could care less about conservation and environmental protection.
“They are trying to undermine and dismantle this landmark law as a favor to corporate special interests, big oil lobbyists, and others who want to exploit our land for their own gain. We will fight tooth and nail to protect the natural resources America is blessed with and stop this unbelievably shortsighted and destructive rule change.”