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From The Hill:

House restores Endangered Species Act listings; GOP splits in vote

The House on Wednesday afternoon approved an amendment to the 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that will allow new animals to be classified as endangered.

The spending bill as proposed by Republicans would only have allowed species to be delisted, but would not have allowed new species to be added. Republicans justified the language by saying giving the government funds to fully operate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would only lead to lawsuits from groups to have species listed, which in turn can chew up the entire budget.

But Republicans were somewhat split on the issue. The amendment to allow new species listings, from Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), was approved in a 224-202 vote in which 37 Republicans voted for it — allowing it to pass — while 200 Republicans voted against it...

...Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) was one Republican who said funding the ESA would only lead to lawsuits draining that budget and urged a "no" vote on the Dicks language.

"This amendment proposes to do away with funding caps altogether and gives the green light to those who have made a living suing the Fish and Wildlife Service," Simpson said. "As a result, the litigants will act, the courts will all act, and the Fish and Wildlife Service's entire operating budget will be at risk of being raided in order to fund court-ordered mandates to list species and designate critical habitat."

Rep. Steven Pearce (R-NM) agreed and noted that one group last year filed 1,000 petitions to list a new species. "They know that their lawyers get reimbursed from the federal government every time they bring suit, and so they're happy to bring these actions, which are destroying jobs in the West," Pearce said...

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These are the Republicans who voted to put "rights of nature" and taxpayer-funded subsidies for the viro pressure groups above human rights:

GOP Defectors on ESA Vote

Bartlett (MD)

Bass (NH)

Biggert (IL)

Bilbray (CA)

Blackburn (TN)

Buchanan (FL)

Grimm (NY)

Hanna (NY)

Harris (MD)

Hayworth (NY)

Herrera Beutler (WA)

Johnson (IL)

King (NY)

Lance (NJ)

LaTourette (IL)

Petri (WI)

Platts (PA)

Reichert (WA)

Runyan (NJ)

Dent (PA)

Dold (IL)

Fitzpatrick (PA)

Fortenberry (NE)

Frelinghuysen (NJ)

LoBiondo (NJ)

Mehan (PA)

Miller (MI)

Smith (NJ)

Stearns (FL)

Upton (MI)

Wittman (VA)

Wolf (VA)

Young (FL)

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