I just voted for, and the U.S. House just passed, H. Res. 676: to provide authority to sue the President for failure to faithfully execute the laws of the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution. The President must follow his oath of office and not try to legislate from the White House.
Today, forty years after the Endangered Species Act was created, and twenty five years since it was last amended, the U.S. House passed H.R. 4315: the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act which combines four bills authored by members of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, of which I am a Co-Chairman. This legislation won’t solve all of the ESA’s problems overnight, but it will start the reform process by instilling transparency, accountability, and an elevated role for states and tribes in the ESA’s implementation. Wyomingites care deeply about their land, water, and wildlife and practice conservation every day on the ground where it matters most and deserve to be included in the work of the ESA.
At Cheyenne Frontier Days over the weekend I joined Ward who was working as the arena man for his 25th year. Congratulations, Ward!
In this week’s Cattle Call, I talk about the thousands of illegal immigrants that continue to rush our border and how H.Res. 675, which I signed onto this week, would reassure the governors of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California that if they deploy their National Guard units to secure the border within their states, Congress will set aside funds to reimburse them for the cost. Since President Obama refuses to act, Congress and the states are forced to.