RL31654 – The Endangered Species Act: A Primer – 9/8/2016


The Endangered Species Act: A Primer


Author: M. Lynne Corn and Eugene H. Buck, Specialists in Natural Resources Policy; Kristina Alexander, Legislative Attorney
Pages: 30

The Endangered Species Act (ESA; P.L. 93-205, 87 Stat. 884. 16 U.S.C. ??1531-1544) frequently receives significant congressional attention. It offers comprehensive protection for species identified as endangered or threatened with extinction. Over the years, the power of this protection has ignited calls for greater bounds on this power, as well as assertions of its lax implementation. The following discussion provides an overview and background on the various features of the ESA that contribute to its legal stature and yet spark an ongoing debate over its implementation. Bills: H.R. 578, H.R. 2996