September 29, 2005
House Passes TESRA
House Resources press release:
For Immediate Release:
House Passes Historic Endangered
Endangered Species Recovery Act passes by a vote of 229-193
Born of the best intentions, the ESA has failed to recover endangered species while conflict and litigation have plagued local communities and private property owners alike.
TESRA fixes the long-outstanding problems of the Endangered Species Act by (1) focusing on species recovery (2) providing incentives (3) increasing openness and accountability (4) strengthening scientific standards (5) creating bigger roles for state and local governments (6) protecting private property owners and (7) eliminating dysfunctional critical habitat designations.
"During debate, the entire House of Representatives seemed to agree the ESA is in need of updates and improvements," Chairman Pombo said. "It's incredible how far we have come. But what surprised me most today was the strong ideological differences about whether or not homeowners should be compensated when their property is taken, as the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution requires. Upholding this right and partnering with the landowner is the only way we are going to improve the ESA's failing results for recovery. This legislation does just that."
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