Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) got a lot of friends from the other side of the aisle to join him in restoring funds to the Fish and Wildlife Service's ESA listing program.
The 224 members in favor of Dicks' amendment yesterday included 187 Democrats and 37 Republicans, with half of the latter hailing from the Northeast (Editor's note: I didn't know Republicans still existed in that region, but indeed, five GOP members each from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, along with three more from Maryland New Hampshire, made up 18 of the 37.)
The provision in the House bill would have prohibited spending any money on processing petitions or issuing proposed rules or 12-month findings -- unless they were for the purpose of removing a species from the list or reducing its protection level from endangered to threatened.
So, without further ado, here are the "FWS 37," the three dozen plus one Republican lawmakers who voted to "restore" (the money had never officially been withheld, after all) funding to the listing program.
Maryland: Roscoe Bartlett, Andy Harris
New Hampshire: Charles F. Bass
New Jersey: Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Leonard Lance, Frank A. LoBiondo, Jon Runyan, Christopher H. Smith
New York: Christopher P. Gibson, Michael G. Grimm, Richard L. Hanna, Nan A. S. Hayworth, Peter T. King
Pennsylvania: Charles W. Dent, Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Jim Gerlach, Patrick Meehan, Todd Russell Platts
Illinois: Judy Biggert, Robert J. Dold, Timothy V. Johnson
Kentucky: Ed Whitfield (Yes, I realize Ky. can go in the Southeast, too. Perhaps Kentucky needs its own "Appalachian" designation)
Michigan: Candice S. Miller, Fred Upton
Nebraska: Jeff Fortenberry
Ohio: Steven C. LaTourette
Wisconsin: Thomas E. Petri
Alabama: Mo Brooks
Florida: Vern Buchanan, Cliff Stearns, C. W. Bill Young
Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn
Virginia: Robert J. Wittman, Frank R. Wolf
California: Brian Bilbray
Washington: Jaime Herrera Beutler, David G. Reichert
Six members did not vote, including presidential candidate Michele Bachmann: The ones in italics are Democrats.
Jim Costa (CA)
|Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)
Maurice Hinchey (NY)
|Thaddeus McCotter (MI)
Pete Stark (CA)