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Cornyn Statement on Decision to List Lesser Prairie Chicken as Threatened

Cornyn Statement on Decision to List Lesser Prairie Chicken as Threatened

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be listed as a threatened species:

“Today’s decision, which has real-world consequences for Texas families, landowners and businesses, is a missed opportunity to acknowledge Texans’ unprecedented conservation efforts.  I will continue to fight to reform this process so job creators and local officials have a say.

“I’m disappointed the Obama Administration made this decision based on arbitrary deadlines set in a closed-door meeting, ignoring the ongoing efforts by Texas landowners and businesses.”

Sen. Cornyn previously sent a letter to FWS Director Daniel Ashe requesting a 60-day extension of the comment solicitation period and a six-month extension of any final decisions on their proposal to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. FWS subsequently granted that extension. Sen. Cornyn has introduced the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Settlement Reform Act, which will give impacted local parties a say in the settlement of ESA litigation between special interest groups and the FWS.

Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.

From the office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn
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