Saying it’s time for a “thoughtful analysis” of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Rep. Doc Hastings said today he will head a hearing that will begin tackling the law next week.
The hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee is set for Dec. 6.
Hastings, a Republican representing the 4th Congressional District in central Washington and the committee’s chairman, said the hearing will focus on how litigation involving theEndangered Species Act is costing jobs and hurting the economy.
Environmental groups have long considered Hastings a top foe of the Endangered Species Act.
“This hearing is the first of many that the Natural Resources Committee will hold to examine both the strengths and weaknesses of the Endangered Species Act,” Hastings said. “It has been over two decades since the ESA was last reauthorized and it’s the responsibility of Congress to undertake a thoughtful analysis of the law to see what improvements could be made to ensure that it works for both species and people.”
Hastings said the law is being used by special interest groups “to file lawsuits and drain resources away from real recovery efforts.”
Hastings said he would announce a list of witnesses later.