Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4315, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act:
We must do our best to preserve and protect this land that God has given us, but we must do so in a way that balances the goals of environmental stewardship with human needs for both local communities and our national interests.
"In the past few years, America has begun to experience a natural resources boom that has become the greatest success story in today's economy. Unfortunately, environmental activists have abused the procedures and intent of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and have hindered this boom by blocking off lands from exploration. In California, ESA regulations that prioritize fish over people have exacerbated the current drought and denied our communities the water we need. They have even kept land from use for recreation and have hindered firefighting efforts.