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Most area Reps. vote for Endangered Species re-write


St. Louis, MO – Illinois Democrat Jerry Costello joined all other area Republican Congressmen Thursday in voting for a major re-write to the Endangered Species Act.

Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay voted no.

The measure would give landowners major new rights and curtail the government's role in protecting plant and animal habitat. Specifically, it would require payments to property owners if species protection measures interfered with their development plans.

The bill would also put political appointees in charge of making some scientific determinations.

The measure now head to the U.S. Senate, where passage is less certain.

Endangered Species Act Rewrite
(HRes 3824; roll call 506)

St. Louis Area Congressmen voting YES
Todd Akin (R-MO)
Jerry Costello (D-IL)
JoAnn Emerson (R-MO)
Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)
John Shimkus (R-IL)
St. Louis Area Congressmen voting NO
Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
William "Lacy" Clay (D-MO)

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