Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Senator Boxer Rocks the Senate Floor in Support of Endangered Species Protections

We are working with Congress and our members to defeat an amendment that will block the Obama Administration's ability to restore some key endangered species protections.

Today, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) gave a passionate speech on the floor of the Senate in opposition to the amendment. As part of her testimony, she reads a letter from the Endangered Species Coalition and over 100 of our member organizations. She gave such a compelling argument in support of strong endangered species protection, science and good government. Everyone should watch it and be inspired.

See Senator Boxer speech in this video:



Last week, the House passed a bill that included language that empowers the
Obama Administration to overturn the Bush Administration rules that weakened the Endangered Species Act and blocked conservation measures for polar bears. This week, the Senate will vote on the bill. However, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are furiously trying to strip the provision from the bill.

The Senate will vote on the bill by the end of the week. The Endangered Species Coalition and our member organizations are launching an all-out effort to pass the bill and empower the Obama Administration to restore protections for the polar bear and other endangered species.

Congress and the Obama Administration can overturn the Bush Administration's
regulations that weaken the Endangered Species Act. But, they need to hear from us right now. If you have not already, please send a letter to your Senators urging them to pass the bill that restores protections for endangered species.

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