Language to Delay Sage Grouse Listing Included in Omnibus
Last night, leadership from the House and Senate were able to complete negotiators on a massive $1.1 trillion 2015 spending bill that will keep the government funded through September 2015.
Among the key provisions included in the 1603 page bill was language that will prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from proposing or finalizing Endangered Species Act listings for sage grouse during that time. The provision states that the FWS cannot “write or issue” listing rules for the grouse. The Department of Interior is currently under a court order to decide by September 30, 2015 whether to propose listing for the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered, or to decide that protections are no longer needed. As drafted, this language could potentially prevent FWS from taking any action, including meetings to discuss potential action, which could result in Interior missing that September 30th court imposed deadline by several months.
To view the full omnibus, click here.
To view a 108 page document explaining the provisions included in the Interior Appropriations Section (including more on the sage grouse), click here.