Huffman joins GOP-led group to retool Endangered Species Act
California Rep. Jared Huffman said he wanted to
July 26, 2023
California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman, one of the House's most outspoken progressives, has joined a Republican-led group looking to overhaul the Endangered Species Act.
House Natural Resources Republicans invited Democrats to be part of the effort. Huffman said he now expects to be included in the group's work.
“I take you at your word that the Working Group is dedicated to a truly bipartisan, good faith review of the ESA and I look forward to collaborating on ideas to improve the effectiveness of the ESA," Huffman wrote in a letter to Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) this week.
“Now that I have accepted your invitation to participate, I trust that you will fully include me and my staff in all meetings, correspondence, and activities of the ESA Working Group going forward,” wrote Huffman, who is the top Democrat on the Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee.
Westerman said in a statement that the group will "welcome bipartisan engagement and look forward to finding solutions to fix a well-meaning law that’s broken and not as effective as it could be."
The Republican said last week while launching the group that he doesn’t want to “do away with ESA” but rather “make it something that actually works for endangered species.”
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By: Nidhi Prakash
Source: E&E Daily
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