shoot, shovel and shut up.
You're not excusing them from following the law, you're just trying to make the law work so that they can take care of the levee systems or the dams or whatever it is.
Obviously, we're approaching this differently than we have in the past, ... trying to deal with a broken system.
[The bill] will place a new emphasis on recovery and eliminates dysfunctional critical habitat provisions, ... It's about a new era in protecting species and protecting habitat at the same time we protect property owners.
The purpose of this bill is to protect my private property owners, ... and to make them willing participants in protecting species and their habitat.
The Endangered Species Act is in desperate need of an update, ... It has hurt species recovery by leading to the trend we all know as 'shoot, shovel and shut up.' And it has hurt family farmers and ranchers by taking their property away.
In our bill we protect the small property owners, ... It was a compromise, a reasonable way to protect endangered species, to protect the habitat which they need to recover.
Private property owners have to be part of the solution.
There's something wrong with that, and I don't know how anyone can defend taking someone's private property for a public use, for the public good, and not paying them for it just because you've gotten away with it for 32 years.
In our bill, we protect the small property owners. Yes we do. You know what? We should. If the federal government steps in and takes someone's land for a highway, we pay for it. And I don't see people running down here saying `it's an entitlement'.
This is an aggressive deficit-cutting measure that raises revenue for Uncle Sam so Uncle Sam doesn't take it from the taxpayers themselves. We will generate these new revenues by increasing domestic energy supplies at a time when American consumers need them most.
The act has been a failure at recovering species, ... We have to respond to that and step in and reauthorize the bill, put the focus on recovery and protect private property owners.