RED ALERT: SENATE ESA BILL (S1180) ON THE MOVE IN CONGRESS! ACT NOW!!!
TELL YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE IT WILL WEAKEN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.
We just got wind that the Senate ESA reauthorization bill is on the move again and could come to a floor vote when the Senate returns from recess on Monday the 6th. Please call your Senators to make sure that they will NOT SUPPORT this weakening measure. The ESA is the strongest law we have for protecting imperiled species and habitat. Please help to prevent the rollback of endangered species protection! See action alert below and pass it on to others!
Karen Tuerk, GREEN Midwest Organizer
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- Subject: ACTION ALERT--S. 1180 Moving?: Call the Senate Now
- From: Roger Featherstone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 15:11:10 -0600
- Reply-To: email@example.comFolks, Just as we thought it was safe to go back into the water again.. We have learned that Senator Baucus (D-MT) has been negotiating furiously over the last day or two with the Clinton Administration to resolve differences over the Kempthorne ESAin't bill (S. 1180) and may have come to an agreement. This could pave the way for the Kempthorne to come to the Senate floor immediately upon the Senate's return from the July 4th Recess. We have also learned from Congress Daily news that heightens concerns the Kempthorne bill could come to the Senate floor for a vote very soon. Congress Daily says: "However, numerous sources said Environment and Public Works Chairman Chafee has made the decision to follow through with a July markup on the [Resource Conservation and Recovery Act -- Superfund] contingent on whether Senate Majority Leader Lott agrees to schedule a vote on Endangered Species Act legislation, of which Chafee is a co-sponsor. Lott has an interest in seeing a RCRA bill passed, but thus far has been reluctant to schedule floor time for the controversial ESA bill. The power struggle between Lott and Chafee and the RCRA and ESA bills has been ongoing for some time, but sources said Lott is now indicating he will schedule a vote on the ESA in conjunction with a separate vote on property rights legislation passed out of the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year." This means we have to move quickly to derail this very serious potential threat. Folks, this is not a drill. This current threat is very serious and the Senate leadership is banking on us being so consumed with fighting their incredible panoply of riders that we cannot stop the Kempthorne bill from coming to the floor. How wrong they are!! Thanks, Roger Featherstone GREEN Director ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WHAT TO DO: 1) Contact your Senator and make sure they know to oppose the Kempthorne bill S. 1180 if it comes to a vote on the Senate floor. The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 Additional contact information is available at http://www.defenders.org/stat.html 2) Call Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and ask him to oppose the bill and to halt any negotiations about moving forward S 1180. Secretary Babbitt's phone number is (202) 208-7351 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 3) Call Senator Baucus and tell him S. 1180 is a bad idea and must not go forward. Senator Baucus's phone number is (202) 224-2651 e-mail: email@example.com 4) Call Katie McGinty, Director of the President's Council on Environmental Quality and ask Ms. McGinty to oppose S. 1180 and stop all negotiations between that White House, Interior and Senator Baucus to move S. 1180 forward. Ms. McGinty's phone number is (202) 456-6224 5) Spread this alert as far and wide as you can! For more information: http://www.defenders.org/esa-1.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ S. 1180 does more to keep species on the endangered list than to get them off of it. The cumulative effect of provisions of the Kempthorne bill will lead it to fail in what should be the central mission of endangered species legislation, the science-based recovery and de-listing of threatened species. S. 1180 is being called ESAin't because: o It ain't got anything to do with the recovery of endangered fish, wildlife and plants; o It's backed by big developers and multinational mining, timber and oil corporations - and that's "No Surprise." o It gives big developers and multinational mining, timber and oil corporations a 100 year loophole (HCPs/'no-surprises') that lets them destroy endangered species habitat until the year 2098; o It attempts to eliminate the checks and balances, public participation and accountability that help protect endangered fish, wildlife and plants from extinction; o It is extreme, irresponsible and promotes corporate profits at the expense of endangered fish, wildlife and plants. S. 1180 is supported by multinational mining, timber and oil corporations and developers. S. 1180 is opposed by religious leaders, grassroots church and synagogue organizations, hunting and sportfishing groups, and EVERY nonprofit, grassroots conservation group in the U.S. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Roger Featherstone, GREEN Director PO Box 40046, Albuquerque, NM 87196-0046 (505) 277-8302 fax, (505) 277-5483 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.defenders.org/grnhome.html GREEN DC Office 1101 14th St., NW, Ste. 1400, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 682-9400 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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