This hearing will be the first of many oversight hearings on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The focus of this hearing will be on how litigation has driven the ESA to the detriment of species and taxpayers. Saving endangered species is an important and worthy goal, yet the ESA statute’s deadlines and other provisions foster lawsuits that undermine its effectiveness and help environmental organizations use taxpayer dollars to sue the federal government. Regrettably, millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent by federal agency attorneys either defending litigation over the ESA or on actions to avoid anticipated litigation. This is precious money that could be used to recover species or to ensure policies that will balance species with economic activity and jobs
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