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H.R. 3608: Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act

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How should animals be added to the endangered species list?

Context and what the bill does

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 passed Congress almost unanimously, in the wake of environmental degradation and increasing numbers of extinctions causing damage to entire ecosystems. But Republicans now criticized many elements of the law, often citing big business’s inability to mine or drill on certain lands because of seemingly insignificant endangered species.

The Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act would require any science used in determining an animal’s endangered species status ...

Sponsor and status

Tom McClintock

Sponsor. Representative for California's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017
Length: 7 pages

Jul 28, 2017


Ordered Reported on Sep 27, 2018

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on September 27, 2018.


19% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 28, 2017

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Sep 27, 2018
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H.R. 3608 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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