Act Now to Stop Anti-Endangered Species Bill!

© David L. Schrichte

The Issue:

On September 29, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pombo bill HR 3824, which would systematically remove every proven recovery tool from the Endangered Species Act. The Pombo bill now heads to the Senate where it may be taken up any time over the next few months.

Unfortunately, even if the Senate passes a bill significantly different from the Pombo bill, the bill will go to Conference Committee where Pombo would be able to reinstate the worst provision of his bill outside the normal process of amendments and debate. For this reason, we are calling on the Senate to reject Pombo’s bill entirely and refuse to pass any Endangered Species Act legislation next year that would remove protections for America’s most imperiled plants and wildlife.

What You Can Do:

Please help stop the Pombo Bill in the Senate! There are many things that you can do to help ensure that endangered species protections stay in place. Many thanks to our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity for this information and action suggestions:

1. Let your Representative know how you feel about their vote
This is extremely important to show Congress that this issue is important to Americans and that their constituents—you—are paying attention to their votes. A total of 229 Representatives voted in favor of the Pombo bill in the House. These Representatives need to hear from you to hear that you are disappointed with their decisions. Also, a total of 193 representatives in the House voted against the Pombo bill, and many stood up to speak against the bill in Committee and on the House Floor. These representatives need to be thanked for their commitment to America’s endangered species.

Click here to see how your representative voted on the Pombo bill (pdf)

Click here to learn how to contact your representative


2. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

A more public and effective way to get the attention of your representative is through letters to the editor in your local newspaper. Even a letter as short as one paragraph helps to let the newspaper know that this issue is important to their readers and gets the message through to your representative.

Click here for sample letters to the editor


3. Send a message to your senators

Ask them to support the Endangered Species Act. It is extremely important to let the Senate know that this issue is important to Americans and that their constituents—you—are paying attention to their votes.

Click here to learn how to contact your senator


4. Sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge

Please sign the Endangered Species Coalition pledge (SMC is a coalition member) and show your support. The list will be used as a tool to educate elected officials and the media about America's support for endangered fish, plants, and wildlife. Click here to sign the pledge!


5. Help pass a local government resolution

Several local governments around the country have passed resolutions in support of the Endangered Species Act. You can help pass a resolution in your city, county or state. Click here to find out more

Contact Your Representative

Call Their Office: The most effective way to contact your representative is to call their Washington, DC, office. You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. They can connect you to your representative’s office, and they can even identify your Representative for you if you provide them with your zip code

What To Say: When you call your representative’s office, you may say as much or as little as you want, but you must tell them your name, your city or zip code, and be sure to mention the bill by number HR 3824.

If your Representative voted FOR the Pombo bill: “I am a constituent of Congressman YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and I am calling to let him/her know that I strongly disagree with his/her vote in favor of HR 3824 that would gut protections for endangered species. I support the Endangered Species Act and I am very disappointed that Congressman YOUR REPRESENTATIVE voted to sell out America’s endangered plants and wildlife."

If your Representative voted AGAINST the Pombo bill: “I am a constituent of Congressman YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and I am calling to let him/her know that I strongly agree with his/her vote in opposition to HR 3824 that would gut protections for endangered species. I support the Endangered Species Act and I am very pleased that Congressman YOUR REPRESENTATIVE voted to protect America’s endangered plants and wildlife."

Send An E-mail: If you absolutely positively cannot call your representative, you can always send an e-mail with one of the above messages. You can get your representative's e-mail or web form address by going to www.congress.org. Just type in your zip code in the left-hand column and click "Go!"

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Contact Your Senator

Call Their Office: The most effective way to contact your senators is to call their Washington, DC, office. You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. They can connect you to their office, and they can even identify your senators for you if you provide them with your zip code

What To Say: When you call your senators’ office, you may say as much or as little as you want, but you must tell them your name, your city or zip code, and be sure to mention the bill by number HR 3824.

Sample message: “I am a constituent of Senator NAME and I am calling to let him/her know that I strongly support the Endangered Species Act, and I strongly urge him/her to support protections for endangered species and to oppose any bill, like HR 3824 that recently passed the House, that would undermine protections for America’s endangered plants and wildlife."

Send An E-mail or Letter: If you absolutely positively cannot call your senators, you can always send an e-mail or letter. You can get your senators' contact information by going to www.congress.org. Just type in your zip code in the left-hand column and click "Go!"

An e-mail or letter to your senators can be very short and should be very positive, expressing your support for the Endangered Species Act and urging your senator to do the same and oppose any bill that would undermine endangered species protections. Letters should include your name and address and should identify the Pombo Bill by number: HR 3824. Letters can be as long or short as you like.

Sample Letter:

Dear Senator

I want you to know that I strongly support the Endangered Species Act, and I oppose any measure that would undermine protections for America’s endangered plants and wildlife. I am particularly opposed to Representative Pombo's HR 3824 that recently passed the House, which would remove protections for endangered species critical habitat, would politicize scientific decisions about endangered species protection and recovery, and would bankrupt wildlife conservation programs. I strongly urge you to support protections for endangered wildlife and plants and to oppose any bill that would weaken the Endangered Species Act, and to strongly oppose HR 3824. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Your Name
Your Address

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