August 19, 2019

Sen. Murkowski Once Again Blocking Passage of Wolf Delisting Bill

An email from Tom Petri, State Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (WI):

This is the fourth year in a row we’ve tried to get the wolf delist bill attached to the annual Interior & Environment (I&E) appropriations bill as a non-fiscal / policy rider.   Each of the past three years, we’ve gotten it into the final House spending bill, but not into the Senate’s.

Senator Murkowski (R-AK) has been the chairwoman of the Senate’s I&E appropriations subcommittee since 2014, and she has final say over the issue when the House-passed and Senate-passed bills are conferenced in an attempt to reconcile the differences between the two and find a final compromise.

The problem, to me, is that she always lets her staff cave in to democrats’ demands, and the wolf delist language, and most every other ESA-related policy rider always get pulled out of the final report at the very end of the process.

As you know, the vast majority of the Senate Dems view it as a poison pill policy rider, and the vast majority of Senate Republicans come from unaffected states, so most don’t care.  Murkowski’s staff always indicate they had to let it go in order to secure enough democrat support, and therefore allow the larger spending bill to have enough support for passage in the Senate (always need 60 votes).

To recap, while we’re hopeful, and Sen. Johnson is certainly engaged on a personal level again, I’m skeptical that Sen. Murkowski (or Leader McConnell for that matter) will suddenly prioritize the issue on our behalf this year.   If you think about it, they didn’t prioritize it and help us in 2016 when he was up for re-election, why would they now?

The Senator and staff are trying to work behind the scenes to make sure the House language survives the conference process, once we get there next month.

Hope that helps.  Feel free to share my update.

Tom-

Tom Petri

State Legislative Director

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

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Bishop Statement on Gray Wolf Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 2, 2017 –

Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Federal appeals court ruling concerning protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“When science-based recovery criteria are met and environmental litigants can still drag the federal government through a decade of costly litigation before the delisting is final, we have a problem. Republicans and Democrats from impacted states have worked hard to resolve this conflict and ensure wolf populations are healthy and thriving but all they’ve received in return is prolonged economic harm and regulatory uncertainty. When ESA decisions are taken out of the hands of expert biologists and given to judges and radical ideologues, this is what happens.

“Congress must take action to protect communities from this broken law. Until we do, Americans’ tax dollars will continue padding the pockets of wealthy environmental trial lawyers, rather than investing in actual species recovery.”

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You Cannot Use a Rigged System to Defeat a Rigged System

*Editor’s Note* – One of the things that has not been learned by those posing as desirable for wolves to be “managed appropriately” is that, even though some may at times mouth the words that wolf protection isn’t about wolves, it’s about control of man (and any other claim you would like to add to this), the approach toward litigating the problem never changes. The system is rigged and you CANNOT work within a rigged system, including working with the riggers themselves and expect a different outcome. That is technically the definition of insanity.

The Federal Government, i.e. the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service/USFWS) repeatedly uses environmental groups, such as Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the United States, etc., to accomplish the goals the Service intends. Study the history! The theater we are subjected to is the farce within the Court System, where the Service pretends to be interested, in this case, delisting wolves in the Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment, and then forces the states, at the states’ expense, to take care of the Government Issue wolves, once the damage has been done and immediate goals reached.

The truth is, the Government and all her players, will do just as they damned well please, when they damned well please, how they damned well please. That lesson is just not being learned. Somehow Americans, I suppose through systematic mind manipulation, continue to think anybody follows the rule of law, especially so the Constitution. We fail to see that the Constitution and rule of law is but for the convenience of the Rigged System.

The representative of the Sportsman’s Alliance is quoted below as saying that when the Courts make rulings, that to some appear absurd or “legally and factually incorrect” it “spells disaster for the future of the Endangered Species Act.” I suppose that such a statement regards the Endangered Species Act as something worth saving. That may be the first lesson to learn. A document, designed purposefully in a fascist fashion, i.e. forcing control over man, will only achieve fascist goals and man’s destruction. We persist in our own destruction due to ignorance and blindness. Failure to understand that the ESA is only another tool of the rigged system, insane activists insist, unwittingly, to carry out the wishes of the fascists by remaining in and playing the games within the rigged system. It’s insanity!

If and when one cannot come to this realization, is there really any hope of making meaningful change?

If there is a change in the ruling, it will not be because some player (lawyer) outwitted the other, bringing the course of litigation back on some fanciful track of rule of law and a proper interpretation of the Endangered Species Act. It will be because the Rigged System calls for that action and only because the Rigged System remains in control. Blind ignorance does not and will not effect any change.

You might ask then (but I doubt it) what can we do to change the Rigged System? Using the System to beat the System will prove fruitless. While nearly impossible, one must first recognize then move outside the Rigged System to achieve a revolution of minds that, in unity, will work to destroy, if it’s even possible, the foundation of the government man-beast. More than likely, we are at a point where only the Creator can make such a change.

Come out of her!

“Under the lower court’s ruling, it doesn’t matter that wolf numbers in the Great Lakes states are two or three times higher than the recovery goals adopted by the federal government in the 1990s. The ruling by the lower court means that until wolves are found in Chicago, Seattle and New York, wolves cannot be managed appropriately by state wildlife experts in the Great Lakes states,” said Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of Sportsmen’s Alliance. “The ruling makes absolutely no sense, is legally and factually incorrect, and spells disaster for the future of the Endangered Species Act, wildlife and our entire ecosystem, which is why we’re appealing it.”<<<Read More>>>

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Johnson, Barrasso Introduce Gray Wolf Delisting Bill

Press Release from Senator Ron Johnson:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation this week that directs the secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules related to the listing of the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act  of 1973. The bill serves as the Senate companion to the bipartisan House bill introduced by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) earlier this year.

“After over 30 years of needed protection and professional pack population management, the wolf has made its comeback,” Johnson said. “In 2011,  the administration’s Department of the Interior  determined the number of wolves in the western Great Lakes states to be sufficient and growing and made the correct decision to delist them as an endangered species. President Obama’s own Interior secretary applauded the decision, saying, ‘Thanks to the work of our scientists, wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are now fully recovered and healthy.’

“Unfortunately, in late 2014, a liberal judge in Washington, D.C. overruled the administration’s wildlife experts in the field and returned the gray wolves to the Endangered Species List.  It’s obvious the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service judges its past delisting decision to have been correct, and the ongoing efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere to properly manage the wolf levels are working well.  Simply put, wolves in these four states are no longer endangered and do not need the protections the ESA afforded them in the past.

“Our bill’s language does not modify the Endangered Species Act, nor does it prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from ever returning the wolf to the endangered list if it determines the population is again threatened and in need of federal protection.  I strongly agree with Wisconsin’s farmers, ranchers, loggers and sportsmen that future gray wolf listing decisions should come from the experts, and not from judges.

“Several important strides have been taken this year to once and for all give the final say on the gray wolf’s status to our expert researchers inside the state Department of Natural Resources and the Department of the Interior.  I’m glad to be a part of this important effort, and it is my hope that all senators from these four affected states will join Sen. Barrasso and me in this effort. “

“Wyoming has honored its commitment and put together a solid and working plan to protect the state’s wolf population. Even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees that wolves should be delisted in Wyoming,” said Barrasso. “This is just one of many legislative opportunities we’ll continue to pursue until Wyoming’s wolf management plan is protected and fully implemented.”

A full text of the bill can be found here. 

“To direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes.” 

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