Lawmakers unveil a measure to reverse the lesser prairie-chicken listing

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Photo via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Biden Administration recently listed the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act.

The Service’s Southwest Regional Director Amy Leuders tells the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “The lesser prairie-chicken’s decline is a sign our native grasslands and prairies are in peril. These habitats support a diversity of wildlife and are valued for water quality, climate resilience, grazing, hunting and recreation.”

Earlier this year, Senator Roger Marshall expressed his concern with the decision.

Today, he and colleagues officially introduced a Congressional Review Act joint resolution of their disapproval of the listing.

“While high inflation is the greatest challenge facing our nation, this listing will increase financial difficulties for the Kansans who raise cattle for your hamburgers and drill oil for your gasoline. This President says lowering costs is a priority, but yet again he is making decisions that will do the exact opposite.”

Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas says the listing will only do harm to Kansas.

“Kansas and surrounding states have contributed millions of public and private dollars to successfully conserve the habitat area and increase the population of the bird. Listing of the lesser prairie-chicken will harm our state’s wildlife conservation efforts in the future by removing any incentive for similar local efforts.”

U.S. Representative Tracy Mann says it is unacceptable.

“I refuse to sit idly by while the United States Fish and Wildlife Service imposes burdensome regulations on producers with no input from Congress. The designation of the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species in places like Kansas is unacceptable. This resolution calls for an absolute refusal of this rule, which should have no force or effect until Congress is consulted. At a time when inflation is at a 40-year high and families are struggling to fuel their cars while keeping food on their tables, we should be working to eliminate barriers for the agriculture and energy sectors, not hamstringing hardworking Americans with government overreach. Since this rule threatens the livelihoods of the men and women who feed, fuel, and clothe us all, I hope that all my colleagues in Congress will join me in refusing to accept it.”

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Story via Press Release with Senator Roger Marshall

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