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Gianforte Works to Modernize the Endangered Species Act

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte this week spoke on the House floor about the importance of modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Gianforte promoted his bill, the Less Imprecision in Species Treatment (LIST) Act which will end the misuse and abuse of the Endangered Species listing process.

“I wish we were here tonight to celebrate the successful recovery of the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and elsewhere. The great news is the grizzly has recovered,” Gianforte said. “Unfortunately, constant litigation has prevented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from delisting the bear and returning management to the states.”

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Gianforte explained how the growing population of the recovered grizzly bear has increased the potential for conflict between people and the bear. Gianforte relayed to lawmakers stories he’s heard from Montana parents who fear for their children’s safety.

“We must put common sense guardrails on the Endangered Species Act,” Gianforte said. “We must restore it to its original purpose of recovering species, not serving as a tool for frivolous lawsuits from extreme special interest groups that work to shut down critical projects in our state.”

Gianforte’s LIST Act, H.R. 5579, empowers the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act on sound, established science to delist species that have recovered, and reverse listings made using bad data. The legislation will also penalize those who intentionally submit false information in listing petitions from submitting petitions for ten years.

Calling Gianforte “a true leader for conservation,” Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said, the LIST Act is “exactly the kind of update we need” to the ESA. He referred to the bill as a “straightforward, science-based tool that equips Fish and Wildlife exactly with the ability to make [listing] decisions based on facts.”

In October 2019, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt joined Gianforte to meet with families, ranchers, and local leader in Choteau, Montana to hear their concerns about the recovered grizzly bear population.

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