Peterson speaks on House Floor in support of De-Listing Gray Wolves
WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson spoke this morning on the House Floor in support of H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act.
“I rise in support of the bill. I have to say in my 28 years in this body I have never seen so much nonsense, misinformation, and propaganda put out on a bill as being put out on this one,” Peterson says in the start of his speech. “We followed the Endangered Species Act. We did what was said, the scientists said we recovered and they delisted the wolves. These were scientists that did it, it wasn’t any politician. You had a group out there, these extreme environmentalists and others who have captured our party, went to a judge in Washington D.C. that has no idea what’s going on at all and convinced that judge that the wolves had not recovered because they had not been reestablished all the way to Des Moines, Iowa.”
One of the first bills introduced in the 115th Congress was Congressman Peterson’s bill to delist gray wolves from federal protections in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming, and return their management to state agencies. His bill, the Gray Wolf State Management Act, passed earlier this year through the House Committee on Natural Resources on a bipartisan vote.
Section 2 of today’s legislation also would delist gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming. The underlying bill passed 196-180 on a bipartisan vote, and now awaits Senate action.
Congressman Peterson’s full floor speech can be watched and listened by clicking this link on C-SPAN.org.