July 19, 2017 1:53 pm
Updated: July 19, 2017 1:55 pm

Republicans attack Endangered Species Act, saying it hinders drilling and logging

This undated file image provided by Yellowstone National Park shows a grey wolf in the wild.

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WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

House and Senate committees were holding simultaneous hearings Wednesday on bills to revise the law and limit lengthy and costly litigation associated with it.

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The bills come as a federal court lifted federal protections for grey wolves in Wyoming and the Trump administration is removing protections for grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park.

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House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said the bills would curb excessive litigation and allow officials to focus on actual species conservation.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, the panel’s senior Democrat, said the endangered species law “does not need congressional meddling to work better. What it needs is congressional support.”

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