Vote to adopt an amendment that reauthorizes the Endangered Species Act of 1973 through 2010 and alters several definitions to broaden the range of the act.
Redefines "jeopardize" to mean any actions that directly or indirectly make a threatened or endangered species "less likely" to recover to the point where it does not need protection (Sec. 3).
Specifies a list of criteria and factors the Secretary of the Interior shall use to determine whether or not a species should be classified and categorized as "endangered or threatened" (Sec. 4).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT, WHICH REPLACES THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE LEGISLATION WITH A NEW TEXT. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.