Congressman Andy Biggs Introduces Legislation to Help Modernize the Endangered Species Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Congressional Western Caucus introduced a package of bills to modernize the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Congressman Biggs, a member of the Western Caucus’s Executive Board, sponsored the package’s LIST Act, which was cosponsored by 23 Members. He released the following statement:
“I thank Chairman Gosar and Chairman Bishop for their leadership on the Endangered Species Act modernization package. This action is long overdue, and will help millions of Americans around the country by protecting local interests – not special interests.
“As a part of this package, I introduced the LIST Act, which makes a number of improvements to bring the ESA up-to-date. Most notably, the LIST Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to de-list species when he receives an objective, measurable, and scientific study demonstrating a species has recovered. This will allow us to focus resources to protect species that actually need it.
“I support all of the bills introduced today, and I look forward to their movement through Congress.”
The LIST Act:
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to de-list species when he receives an objective, measurable, and scientific study demonstrating a species is recovered;
- Creates a mechanism for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to promptly take action when a species is wrongfully listed, rather than letting the problem linger in federal bureaucracy; and
- Penalizes those who intentionally submit false or fraudulent data in order to cause a species listing.
Along with the LIST Act, House Members introduced the following bills:
- The EMPOWERS Act, sponsored by Rep. Pearce;
- The LOCAL Act, sponsored by Rep. Tipton;
- The PETITION Act, sponsored by Rep. Westerman;
- The LAMP Act, sponsored by Rep. Don Young;
- The PREDICTS Act, sponsored by Rep. Norman;
- The WHOLE Act, sponsored by Rep. Johnson;
- The STORAGE Act, sponsored by Rep. Gosar;
- The Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act, sponsored by Rep. McClintock.
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.