Yesterday evening, the Senate voted 52-42 to reject the amendment by Senator Murkowski (R-AK) that would have weakend an endangered species provision in the omnibus spending bill now being debated. As mentioned previously, the provision is designed to help repeal two Bush Administration regulations limiting protections under the Endangered Species Act. More detail is available in our recent press release. The omnibus bill is currently scheduled to be voted on early next week.
We thank Senators Boxer, Cardin and Feinstein - and their staff - for rising to protect the endangered species provision. They, along with House Interior Appropriations subcommittee chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA06) and other members of the appropriations committees, were instrumental in providing this opportunity to the Obama administration to restore these much needed endangered species protections.
And since I've been having so much fun lately with the C-SPAN videos, here is Senator Feinstein's speech supporting the endangered species provisions and highlighting the plight of polar bears: