Federal - HR 2603

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide that nonnative species in the United States shall not be treated as endangered species or threatened species for purposes of that Act.

Introduced

May 23, 2017

Description

HR 2603, “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act” (SAVES), is a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA was enacted in 1973 and because it has been altered very little to adapt to changes, is woefully outdated. The ESA desperately needs updating to keep up with the ebb and flow of species, globalization, and success of conservation in application of the past laws. Much of the ESA restrictions on nonnative species actually serve to HARM current conservation efforts by restricting interstate movement of nonnative species, which creates genetic isolation hindering breeding efforts.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments to ensure international trade in species does not negatively impact their survival. CITES began with 80 countries in 1975  and now includes nearly 200 countries, including the U.S. ESA should yield to CITES for the regulation of foreign species rather than stepping on its toes.

HR 2603 would narrow the scope of the ESA to native species only, leaving nonnative species to be regulated properly by CITES. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services would then be able to focus all energy and resources to the preservation of native US species. However, it is important to note that this does not impact the regulation of INVASIVE non-native species. The benefits of this legislation are endless. The government will be saving millions it costs to enforce, not to mention defending and fighting endless lawsuits and petitions from profiteering NGOs preying upon the easy manipulation of ESA. It will eliminate unintended conflicts between state and federal laws. The bill will stop owners of pets from unknowingly committing crimes by merely owning certain animals. Interstate commerce and economic channels would be opened. HR 2603 is legislation that will truly serve to help the conservation of nonnative species through the expansion of captive populations and breeding programs.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 27

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  • Feb. 15, 2018 — Reported to the House amended by the House Natural Resources Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 115-562Congressional Record p. H1211

  • Jan. 29, 2018 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Duffy, (R-Wis.)
  • Nov. 2, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Estes, (R-Kan.)
  • Oct. 4, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

  • Oct. 3, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

  • Oct. 2, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Biggs, (R-Ariz.)
  • Sept. 13, 2017Consideration and markup deferred by the House Natural Resources Committee.

  • Sept. 12, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

  • Sept. 11, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Yoho, (R-Fla.)
  • Sept. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Aderholt, R. (R-Ala.)Franks, (R-Ariz.)Higgins, C. (R-La.)
  • July 27, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Duncan, Jeff (R-S.C.)Gianforte, (R-Mont.)
  • July 19, 2017 — Full committee hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

  • July 18, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    LaMalfa, (R-Calif.)Lamborn, (R-Colo.)
  • July 12, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cole, (R-Okla.)
  • June 29, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Johnson, M. (R-La.)Sessions, (R-Texas)
  • June 8, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Crawford, (R-Ark.)
  • June 7, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Womack, (R-Ark.)
  • May 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Farenthold, (R-Texas)
  • May 23, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 9

    Abraham, (R-La.)Gosar, (R-Ariz.)Marshall, (R-Kan.)
    Babin, (R-Texas)Hunter, (R-Calif.)Tipton, (R-Colo.)
    Burgess, (R-Texas)King, S. (R-Iowa)Westerman, (R-Ark.)
  • May 23, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Natural Resources.Congressional Record p. H4503