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 House Committee on Resources 7/2/05

Private Property

House United In Defense of Private Property

From the San Francisco Chronicle: House and Senate Republican leaders, backed by Democratic African American liberals, moved rapidly Thursday on legislation to blunt last week's Supreme Court decision allowing local governments to seize private property for economic development projects.

Rep. Maxine Waters, a liberal Democrat from South Central Los Angeles, and Rep. Richard Pombo, a rock-ribbed conservative Republican from rural San Joaquin County -- who rarely join forces on any issue -- were among a group that introduced a bill to cut off federal funds for cities that use eminent domain for such projects...

The Supreme Court "is way out of line on this," Pombo said. "There's nothing in the Constitution that allows them to step in and take property away from an individual and give it to somebody else."...

The legislation introduced Thursday,...would deprive cities of any federal funds for redevelopment projects that use the power of eminent domain.

SFC Story
Pombo Statement


"Endangering Species"

From the Wall Street Journal: The aim of the 1973 Endangered Species Act is to recover plants and animals threatened or endangered with extinction. Does it work? Thirty-two years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, it would be nice to know.

So kudos to Representative Richard Pombo, who ordered a comprehensive review of the law from the House Resources Committee, which he chairs. Mr. Pombo has long argued that the species act is broken in a way that not only renders it incapable of conserving plants and animals but also puts unnecessary burdens on private landowners. It turns out he was right.

The House report was compiled almost entirely from official records, including from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which makes it difficult for critics to argue it's a political hit job. Of the nearly 1,300 domestic species on the endangered list, the law has managed to "recover" a grand total of 10. That's a success rate of less than 1%.

WSJ Editorial


The Slippery Slope of
Home Ownership?

From the Baltimore Sun: Jim Twohy's waterfront home might soon tumble into the Chesapeake Bay from atop a 60-foot cliff. He wants to build a wall to save the house, but some meddlesome neighbors are standing in the way.

The neighbors are puritan tiger beetles, a threatened species half an inch long.

Baltimore Sun Story


Wed: Fisheries & Oceans
(Ketchikan, AK-11AM)
Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization

Fri: Fisheries & Oceans
(Kodiak, AK-11AM)
Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization

Sat: National Parks
(Carlsbad, NM-1PM)
NPS Border Security Involvement


Political Cartoon

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