House Republicans trumpet ESA changes in wildlife bill

By Michael Doyle | 03/01/2024 06:34 AM EST

The legislation is a competitor to a bipartisan conservation effort that has been stalled for years. Democrats panned the new bill.

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.).

House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) arrives for a press conference on wildlife legislation at the Capitol on Thursday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Republicans on Thursday promoted their new wildlife conservation proposal that so far lacks the bipartisan support once enjoyed by its predecessor legislation.

Democrats, however, seethed at the new bill, with one prominent House lawmaker calling it “toxic.”

Dubbed the “America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act,” the GOP-authored measure would authorize but not mandate hundreds of millions of dollars for state-run wildlife conservation programs.


It would also rearrange the Endangered Species Act and rescind unspent Interior Department allocations from past funding packages.