Text: H.R.5588 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5588


To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2020

Mr. Newhouse (for himself, Mr. Gianforte, Mr. Gosar, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Crawford, Mr. LaMalfa, Ms. Cheney, Mr. Norman, and Mr. Smith of Missouri) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Weigh Habitats Offsetting Locational Effects Act of 2020” or the “WHOLE Act of 2020”.

SEC. 2. Consideration of the totality of conservation measures.

Section 7(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536(b)(3)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(C) In determining whether a Federal agency action is likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of the critical habitat of a species, the Secretary shall consider the offsetting effects of all avoidance, minimization, and other species-protection or conservation measures that are already in place or proposed to be implemented as part of the action, including the development, improvement, protection, or management of species habitat whether or not it is designated as critical habitat of such species.”.


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