Sens. Rand Paul, Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) released the following statements following the introduction of the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act. This bill provides state governors with the power to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species.
"By removing the red tape, state governments will be better equipped to manage, regulate, develop and implement recovery plans for their critical habitats. This bill will better protect endangered species by allowing a more tailored response as implemented by the states," Sen. Paul said. "The Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Actt ensures that local needs will be considered in the regulation process and places the decision-making into the hands of the states by allowing them to choose whether regulation occurs on the state or federal level."
"We have a responsibility to be good stewards of wildlife and the habitat that they rely on. In Nevada, we have been working hard to protect both the sage grouse and our economy, which is why I am working hard with the Governor, the delegation, and Nevadans to prevent a listing for the bird. The Endangered Species Act already has an abysmal success rate, so it is time to give the states to the opportunity to step in where the ESA has largely failed," said Sen. Heller.
"Giving governors greater flexibility would go a long way mitigating the one-size-fits-all impact of the ESA, which is threatening to shutdown vast swatches of the American West, including Nevada" Rep. Amodei said. "Governor Brian Sandoval has met the challenge posed by the looming sage grouse listing and that kind of leadership deserves respect from federal land managers. I want to thank Senator Paul for recognizing that there are two chambers of Congress and for reaching out across the Hill to work on solutions to this issue. I am happy to team up with any Senator interested in genuine bicameral collaboration."