VIDEO - Sen. Mike Lee of Utah proposed amendment to remove protection from endangered species that are only found in one state.

Last night during debate on the Republican Senate budget resolution, Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, led the charge to defeat a dangerous amendment that sought to remove protections for endangered species. Specifically, the amendment, offered by Se,Mike Lee (R-Utah) would lay the groundwork to prohibit federal protections under the Endangered Species Act for species found entirely within the borders of a single state.

As of 2017, roughly 77% of listed species, or over 1,000 species, were species whose ranges did not cross state borders. Denying these intrastate species protections would strip ESA protections from every listed plant or animal on the island of Hawaii, as well as protections for iconic animals like the polar bear and the Florida panther.

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