"These proposals will have far-reaching consequences that will affect a variety of land users because they have the potential to fundamentally shift the requirements for designating critical habitat," wrote the Senators. "The substantial impact is particularly assured given the decision by the FWS to enter into settlement agreements that require listing determinations on more than 250 species nationwide."
Sen. Thune is top Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Sen. Rubio is the top Republican on the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Sen. Boozman is top Republican on the EPW Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife. The Senate EPW Committee and Senate Commerce Committee have jurisdiction over the ESA.
In January, Vitter wrote an op-ed on the Administration's abuse of the ESA by use of the "sue and settle" strategy. Click here to read more.