The Trump administration rolled back protections for the Endangered Species Act in September 2019—a move that largely upset environmental and conservation groups.

A bill to reverse the rollbacks, Protect America’s Wildlife and Fish in Need of Conservation Act of 2019 (PAW and FIN Conservation Act of 2019), was proposed shortly after by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3).

The House Natural Resources Committee voted Jan. 29 to advance the legislation forward to be considered by the entire House of Representatives.

“The Trump administration’s new regulations intentionally cripple the ESA—another giveaway to industry that puts near-term profits ahead of our long-term national interest,” Udall had first said upon the bill’s introduction.

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