Two Texas lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday to block four species of salamanders from being listed as endangered or threatened.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) said that if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put the salamanders on the administration’s endangered species list that it would potentially hinder job growth and the economy of central Texas.
“Just as they hastily tried to list the sand dune lizard in West Texas, the administration is again putting the cart before the horse based on limited data in the face of economic consequences,” Cornyn said. “Our bill will head off a premature listing, allowing conservation efforts already underway to continue without hindering Central Texas from growing and creating jobs.”