White House, Congress Eye Weakening the Endangered Species Act

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An American bald eagle sits on a branch at Mill Pond on July 21, 2018 in Centerport, New York.  (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration proposed new rules last week that would change how federal agencies implement and enforce the Endangered Species Act. The proposal would limit safeguards for plants and animals listed as threatened and shrink so-called "critical habitat" for endangered species. At the same time, both the House and Senate are considering a range of proposals to weaken the 45-year-old law. We'll discuss the future of the act and the potential impact of any changes to it. What questions do you have?


Michael Doyle, reporter, E&E News; formerly covered California and legal affairs for McClatchy's Washington Bureau

Jason Rylander, senior staff attorney, Defenders of Wildlife

Jonathan Wood, attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation