May 15, 2014
Jones takes aim on Endangered Species Act
Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., is taking action to modernize the
Endangered Species Act (ESA) in order to prevent the waste of taxpayer
money and implementation of unnecessary, economically harmful
This week Congressman Jones is
co-sponsoring seven pieces of legislation that would bring transparency
to ESA processes and reduce the law’s impact on economic growth.
Eastern North Carolina, we continue to see the negative economic impact
of unnecessary ESA-related regulations,” said Congressman Jones.
“Often times these regulations are based on suspect science, and are
implemented on top of other federal, state and local management
measures that are already adequately protecting the species in
“The bills that I’ve cosponsored would enact
common-sense reforms, bring transparency to ESA listing and litigation
procedures, and ensure that the economy and other important factors are
fully considered before more unnecessary regulations are put into
A summary of the legislation that Congressman Jones is cosponsoring follows:
1314 – Would prevent special interest groups from bringing unnecessary
lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which are settled
on the taxpayer dime and often result in action being taken without
advice from experts or impacted groups – by amending the ESA to allow
input from any person, business, state or local government that would
be affected by the settlement of the lawsuit.
4256 – Endangered Species Improvement Act of 2014 – Would ensure that
the federal government counts animals dwelling on both private and
federal lands when determining recovery for species listed as
threatened or endangered.
4315 – 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act – Would provide
transparency in ESA listing decisions by requiring the data used in
making those decisions to be publicly available online.
4316 – Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act – Would provide
transparency in the cost of litigation brought against the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service (FWS) under the ESA by requiring FWS to report to
Congress and make available online the amount of taxpayer money used to
respond to lawsuits, the number of employees dedicated to litigation,
and attorneys fees awarded as a result of lawsuits.
4317 – State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act –
Would require that in making ESA listing decisions, the federal
government use scientific and commercial data provided by states,
tribes, and local governments that will be affected by the listing, and
disclose to those governments what data was used in making the
4318 – Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act – Would place
caps on taxpayer-funded attorneys fees in litigation brought under the
ESA, making the law consistent with the Equal Access to Justice
4319 – Common Sense in Species Protection Act – Would require that
before issuing a critical habitat designation, the federal government
must publish and make available for public comment a comprehensive
analysis, taking into account public and private economic effects on
land use, property value, employment, and the provision of public
services such as water and power.