2023 Recent Vote
The House took up S.J. Res. 9, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution to repeal the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule protecting Lesser Prairie-Chickens under the Endangered Species Act, after it passed the Senate in May. The CRA is an extreme and blunt tool that is being used by anti-environmental members of Congress who want to permanently strip away protections for our environment, wildlife, and natural heritage. In this case, use of the CRA could prevent FWS from ever protecting the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act in the future, even if its populations collapsed or just a handful of individual birds remained. These CRA resolutions will significantly harm efforts to protect endangered species and the Endangered Species Act itself. Although President Biden has vowed to veto the bill, if passed this would be the first time in the CRA's 30-year history that Congress attempted to use the law to rescind Endangered Species Act protections for an individual species. On July 27, 2023, the House approved S.J.Res 9 by a vote of 221-206 (House roll call vote 381). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.