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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

01-WGA11 on Aug 14, 2001

Resolution: the Western Governors' Association resolution:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 11: Endangered Species Act
  1. Preventative conservation on both public and private lands is essential. Western states are actively developing conservation plans to restore declining species before they need the protections of the Endangered Species Act [ESA]. Most declining species can be restored to health only through a federal-state partnership that involves private landowners and interested parties.
  2. The purposes of the ESA are undermined if the Act must be so narrowly interpreted that, in order to defend its application against legal challenge, the very species the Act was enacted to protect are disadvantaged. [For example], the decision in Oregon Natural Resources Council v. Daley, holds that the requirement under the ESA for federal agencies to consider state conservation plans means almost nothing. If decisions like the one in Oregon stands, the Western Governors believe there is a problem with the Act itself requiring amendment or regulatory clarification.
  3. In addition, the Governors have long supported the reauthorization of the ESA based on three goals: to increase the role of states, to streamline the ESA, and to increase certainty and technical assistance for landowners and water users. And the governors call for the ESA to have the recovery of species as its central focus.
  4. The Western Governors believe that the courts, and the Congress, when writing the reauthorization of the ESA, should reaffirm the Secretary’s ability to defer the listing of a species when the actions of a state conservation agreement eliminates the need to list a species. The courts and Congress should also clarify that voluntary actions that the Secretary finds will help restore a declining species and which have performance standards, implementation plans, and monitoring and reporting provisions, and are properly financed, are valid conservation tools.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-WGA11

Ben Cayetano s1sHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1sCA Former Democratic 
John Kitzhaber s1oOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1sWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Tauese Sunia s1sAS00 Former Democratic Governor 



Republicans participating in 01-WGA11

Jim Geringer s1oWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bill Graves s1sKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1sNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Jane Dee Hull s1sAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1sSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Judy Martz s1sMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005) 
William Owens s1sCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Rick Perry s1sTX Republican Governor 



Independents participating in 01-WGA11

Carl Gutierrez s1sGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Gary Johnson s1sNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1sID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Tony Knowles s1sAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1sUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1sIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 10
Independents: 6


















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