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Marjorie Mulhall is Legislative Counsel for Policy and Legislation at Earthjustice. A wildlife enthusiast, Marjorie works on the Hill to defend and strengthen the Endangered Species Act so that endangered critters and plants—and the places they live and grow—are protected. She first became interested in environmental law after moving to Olympia, Washington, as a child, where she was blown away by the state's beautiful forests, but disturbed by clear cuts dotting the hillsides. In her free time, Marjorie enjoys taking getaway trips and exploring all that D.C. has to offer, which, even though it lacks mountains, she thinks is pretty great in its own way.

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19 November 2013, 1:34 PM
Six ESA defenders honored by national environmental groups

Last week, Earthjustice and 20+ partner organizations hosted an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and honor some of the most important champions of this visionary law.

On Dec. 28, 1973, Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together to pass the ESA—one of the most effective environmental laws ever enacted—with near-unanimous support. The Act was then signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon.

The crowd at our anniversary event—held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.—was comprised of members of Congress and their staff, federal wildlife agency staff, and representatives from environmental and conservation groups, among others.

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27 July 2011, 1:42 PM
Republicans abandon ship to keep species on the ESA ark
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)

The current leaders in the House think that saving America’s wildlife is asking too much so they introduced legislation to remove all funds used by the government to add new species to those receiving ESA protections, never mind there’s a list 260 species long waiting to get on the ark.

The legislation also would have similarly frozen any work to designate habitat critical to species protection and recovery. Finally it would have prevented the government from increasing protection for those species spiraling from threatened to the more critical endangered status.
But when the time came to vote, the House leaders lost.

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