Georgia’s Congressional Delegation want’s to suspend the Endangered Species Act during the drought:
The bill would apply nationally, but Georgia lawmakers particularly hoped to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ practice of releasing water from Georgia lakes to protect threatened mussels and sturgeon downstream in Florida.
The bill will probably face strong resistance if it advances. But in a rare show of bipartisan unity, Georgia’s lawmakers rallied around it as a “common sense” solution to the state’s persistent drought.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie said Georgia’s water is being restricted to “protect a handful of mussels and sturgeon,” leading people to wonder whether Congress cares more about animals than human beings.
“This is a crisis,” added Rep. John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat.
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