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The letter sent to the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Service field director, Noreen Walsh, expressed concern about the impact this listing and proposed critical habitat will have on the local communities. Along with Senator Lee, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Mark Udall (D-CO), and Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jim Matheson (D-UT), and Scott Tipton (R-CO) signed the letter.
The proposed listing of the Gunnison Sage grouse was the result of a settlement agreement between an environmental group and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
“This practice, referred to as ‘sue and settle,’ is very problematic,” says Lee. “In cases like this, an agreement is reached between Fish and Wildlife and environmental groups with very little opportunity for the communities most impacted by the decisions to have their voices heard. By excluding local officials from these decisions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obstruct the ability of local officials to create conservation plans for threatened species even though local officials might have a better approach to protecting the species. ”
In order to counter the abusive “sue and settle” practice that is restricting property rights, stifling democratic processes, and draining the resources of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Senator Lee has co-sponsored the ESA Settlement Reform Act. This legislation would protect the rights of local communities to weigh in, as well as improve transparency and reduce the cost of abusive regulations on hardworking taxpayers. It would amend the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) to give states, counties and other affected parties a say in the settlement of certain ESA “citizen suits” and would prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from being used to fund these lawsuits.
Mar 1, 2013
LEE: We are of the opinion the President shouldn’t be scaring the American people, especially when it is completely unnecessary. We can find ways to cut in areas where ordinary people won’t get hurt the way the president is threatening to hurt them…
VAN SUSTEREN: I would like to see someone go through the budget and see exactly where our money is going!
LEE: That’s exactly right, Greta, and why it’s so important to have a budget. That’s why it’s so bad that we’ve gone the last four years without passing a budget…To pass a budget you have to have a prolonged debate, discussion, and dialogue about what our national priorities are.
Feb 28, 2013
The vast majority of Americans recognize that Washington's spending is excessively wasteful. In response to the president's efforts to misinform Americans that the sequester will require dramatic cuts to essential government services, I have launched "Cut This, Not That." This is a campaign to remind Americans and the president that with a budget that exceeds $3 trillion dollars there is plenty of room for cutting. Please feel free to use the following images to spread this message.
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