The House will officially vote tomorrow (Wed., July 27) on Rep. Norm Dicks' attempt to restore funding to the ESA listing program. Had I kept my eyes glued to C-SPAN, I would know what was said about his proposed amendment to the FY 2012 Interior appropriations bill. Alas, I was watching the Washington Nationals lose to the Florida Marlins.
Interested parties will have to wait until the Congressional Record hits the Internet to read Dicks' statement and, presumably, a full-throated opposition from subcommittee chairman Mike Simpson (R-Id.).
Dicks (D-Bremerton), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, sought to restore funding for the ESA listing program.
Currently, the House spending bill would eliminate spending on the processing of petitions, preparation of 12-month findings, and issuance of final rules -- unless they are to downlist or delist species.
Debate concluded earlier this evening, but as with many of the amendments offered, there has been no vote on Dicks' neasure. At the conclusion of debate, at 9:34 pm, "the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced." (See here for current House floor proceedings.)
So I guess we'll know more tomorrow. Perhaps in the interim Dicks, a former football player at U-Washington, will do some arm-twisting.