Anti-wildlife members of Congress introduced 63 separate legislative attacks on endangered species or the Endangered Species Act during 2017 — an average of one every six days, according to a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Gray wolves, greater sage grouse and elephants were the most assailed species. Nearly every legislative assault was introduced by a Republican member of Congress.
The most recent attack came on Monday and was snuck into an emergency funding bill designed to address damage from catastrophic hurricanes and fires in 2017. Section 2029 of H.R. 4667, introduced by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), would exempt the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the Endangered Species Act, and would allow it to approve risky developments in flood-prone areas even if it destroys critical habitat or kills endangered species like sea turtles, Pacific salmon and Florida Key deer.