Legislative History

 

Editor's note about this page: So far as I know, this is the only place on the Internet where you can find the legislative history of the ESA. And now, it's finally formatted in a readable fashion. However, there's more: the 2003 amendments to the ESA contained in the Defense Authorization bill, from the Justice Department's Legislative Histories page.

The documents below were scanned from the legislative history of the ESA prepared by the Congressional Research Service and delivered to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee in December 1981.

Thanks go to former ESWR legal intern Lydia Fiedler, without whose efforts this would not have been possible. I am also grateful to the staff at NOAA’s Central Library in Silver Spring, who let us use their photocopy machines.

Any errors or omissions are mine alone. Email me if you encounter broken links or have any questions.

— Steve Davies, editor, ESWR
updated Jan. 21, 2015

Legislative History of the Endangered Species Act


House action: 1973

Senate action

Conference committee and executive action
Date Page(s)
House Conf. Rpt. 93-740 (to accompany S. 1983 as reported by the Conf. Cmte.) Dec. 19 426
Senate agreement to conference report Dec. 19 455
House agreement to conference report Dec. 20 474
S. 1983 presented to President for signature Dec. 21 486
Presidential statement on signing S. 1983 into law Dec. 28 486
Annotated bibliography of hearings 487

PART II - LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF 1976 AMENDMENTS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Page(s)
Endangered Species Act appropriation authorization extension (Public Law 94-325) 489-94
Background 489
Chronology—Public Law 94-325 491
Public Law 94-325 492

House action
Date Page(s)
H.R. 8092 as introduced June 20 1975 493
H. Rept. 94-887 (to accompany H.R. 8092 as reported with amendment by Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries) March 11 1976 495


Pages 504-525
Pages 504-599
Date Page(s)
Dissenting views on H.R. 8092 (Reps. Gene Snyder (R-Ky.) and Bob Bauman (R-Md.) 504
House consideration and passage of H.R. 8092 (amended) March 15 1976 505
House passage of S. 3122 in lieu of H.R. 8092 as previously passed June 17 1976 510

Senate action

Date Page(s)
Remarks of Senator Moss on introduction of S. 3122 March 10 1976 512
S. 3122 as introduced March 10 1976 and as reported with amendment by Committee on Commerce May 14 1976 514
S. Rept. 94-837 (to accompany S. 3122 as reported by the Committee on Commerce) May 13 1976 516
Senate consideration and passage of S. 3122 (amended) May 18 1976 523

Executive action

Date Page(s)
S. 3122 as presented to the President June 21 1976 523
Annotated bibliography of hearings 523

Endangered Species Act amendments (Public Law 94-359)
Page(s)
Background 525
Chronology-Public Law 94-359 528
Public Law 94-359 529

House action
Date Page(s)
H.R. 10229 as introduced Oct. 20 1975 532
H. Rept. 94-823 (to accompany H.R. 10229 as reported with amendments by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries) Feb. 11 1976 533
House consideration and passage of H.R. 10229 (amended) Feb. 17 1976 552
House consideration and passage of S. 229 (amended) in lieu of H.R. 10229 Feb. 17 1976 560
House concurrence in Senate amendments to House amendments to S. 229 June 29 1976 562

Senate action (and link to Senate and Executive action on S. 229)
Date Page(s)
S. 229 as introduced on Jan. 17 1975 and as reported with amendments by Committee on Commerce April 4 1975 565
S. Rept. 94-63 (to accompany S. 229 as reported with amendments by the Committee on Commerce) April 4 1975 572
Senate consideration and passage of S. 229 (amended) April 14 1975 581
Senate concurrence in House amendments to S. 229 with amendments June 24 1976 592

Executive action

Date Page(s)
S. 229 (as presented to the President) July 1 1976 597
S. 229 (signed into law - Public Law 94-359) July 12 1976 598
Annotated bibliography of hearings ”” 598

PART III - LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF 1977 AMENDMENTS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

ESA, section 6, extension of appropriation authoriza­tion, Public Law 95-212

Page(s)
Background 601
Chronology-Public Law 95-212 602
Public Law 95-212 604

House action

Date Page(s)
H.R. 6405 (as introduced April 20 1977 and as reported by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries on May 16) 605
H. Rept. 95-333 (to accompany H.R. 6405 as reported by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries) May 16 1977 607
House consideration and passage of H.R. 6405 Oct. 18 1977 617
House consideration and passage of S. 1316 (as amended and in lieu of H.R. 6405) Oct. 18 1977 621

Senate action

Date Page(s)
S. 1316 (as introduced) April 20 1977 622
S. 1316 (as reported with amendment by Committee on Environment and Public Works May 16 1977 623
S. Rept. 95-186 (to accompany S. 1316 as reported with amendment by the Committee on Environment and Public Works) May 16 1977 625
Senate consideration and passage of S. 316 (amended) May 25 1977 629

Conference committee and executive action

Date Page(s)
S. Rept. 95-607 (to accompany S. 1316 as reported by the Committee of Conference Nov. 29 1977 630
Senate agreement to conference report Nov. 29 1977 634
House agreement to conference report Nov. 30 1977 634
S. 1316 as presented to the President Dec. 7 1977 641
Annotated bibliography of hearings 641

PART IV - LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF 1978 AMENDMENTS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
Endangered Species Act Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-632
Page(s)
Background 643
Chronology-Public Law 95-632 646
Public Law 95-632 647

House action

Date Page(s)
H.R. 14104 as introduced Sept. 18 1978 664
H.R. 14104 as reported with amendments by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries Sept. 25 1978 693
H. Rept. 95-1625 (to accompany H.R. 14104 as reported by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries) Sept. 25 1978 725
Main report plus additional views (Reps. Gerry Studds | Norman D'Amours | Don Bonker | Joel Pritchard | David E. Bonior | Barbara Mikulski)
H. Rept. 95-1757 (to accompany H. Res. 1423) by the Committee on Rules providing for the consideration of H.R. 14104 794
House consideration and adoption of House Resolution 1423
providing for the consideration of H.R. 14104 795
House consideration and passage of H.R. 14104 with amendments Oct. 14 1978 800
House consideration and passage of S. 2899 with amendment (in lieu of H.R. 14104) Oct. 14 1978 898

Senate action

Date Page(s)
S. 2899 as introduced April 12 1978 905
Statements of Mr. Culver; Mr. Baker; Mr. Randolph; and Mr. Wallop on introduction of S. 2899 (last line on page 923: "biological facts and reason guide our perspective.")
S. 2899 as reported with amendments by the Committee on Environment and Public Works May 15 1978 924
S. Rept. 95-874 (to accompany S. 2899 as reported by the Cmte. on Environment and Public Works) May 15 1978 939

Senate consideration and passage of S. 2899, with amendments
Date Page(s)
July 17 1978 951
July 18 1978 996
July 19 1978 1073
S. 2899 as passed by the Senate July 19 1978 1169

Conference committee and executive action
Date Page(s)
H. Rept. 95-1804 (to accompany S. 2899 as reported by the Committee of Conference) Oct. 15 1978 1192
House agrees to conference report Oct. 14 1978 1220
Senate agrees to conference report Oct. 14 1978 1223
Presidential statement on signing S. 2899 into law Nov. 10 1978 1230
Annotated bibliography of hearings 1231

PART V - LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF 1979 AMENDMENTS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES
Tellico Dam rider to the 1980 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act (Public Law 96-69)

House action

Date Page(s)
Further consideration of H.R. 4388 begun 1238
Agreement to Duncan floor amendment on the Tellico Dam and Reservoir 1238
House passage of H.R. 4388 with amendments June 18 1979 1239

Senate action

Date Page(s)
H.R. 4388 (as introduced in the Senate) June 20 1979 1243
Consideration of H.R. 4388 with amendments begun 1244
Consideration and passage of floor amendment striking Tellico provision from the bill 1245
Senate passage of H.R. 4388 with amendments and appointment of conferees 1255

Conference committee, post-conference congressional, and executive actions
Date Page(s)
House conference report 96-388 (to accompany H.R. 4388 as reported by the Committee of Conference) July 25 1979 1260
House commences consideration of conference report on H.R. 4388 (which appears incorrectly in the proceedings of the House of that day as published in the Congressional Record of Aug. 2) Aug. 1 1979 1262
Comments of Mr. Bevill concerning Tellico Dam and Reservoir 1262
House considers and adopts motion insisting on its disagreement to Senate amendment No. 30 (which the conference committee reported in disagreement) 1263
Senate consideration and acceptance of the conference report exclusive of amendments in disagreement (including that concerning the Tellico Dam and Reservoir) Sept. 10 1979 1285
Senate consideration and adoption of a motion to recede from its Amendment No. 30 (and accept the House language) Sept. 10 1979 1288
H.R. 4388 as presented to the President Sept. 13 1979 1300
H.R. 4388 signed into law (Public Law 96-69) Sept. 25 1979 1301

Endangered Species Act of 1973, appropriation authorization, Public Law 96-159


House action
Date Page(s)
H.R. 2218 as introduced Feb. 15 1979 1311
H.R. 2218 as reported by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries May 15 1979 1313
House Report 96-167 (to accompany H.R. 2218) May 15 1979 1317
House Committee on Rules cleared H.R. 2218; referred to the House Calendar 1336
Proposed amendment to H.R. 2218 (submitted by Mr. Breaux) 1336
House consideration and approval of H. Res. 417 (providing for consideration of H.R. 2218) 1340
Proposed amendment by Mr. Breaux to the amendment to H.R. 2218 offered by Mr. Breaux 1347
House consideration of H.R. 2218 Oct. 22 1979 1348
Statement of Mr. Young in support of his proposed amendment to H.R. 2218 Oct. 24 1979 1358
House consideration and passage of H.R. 2218 Oct. 24 1979 1360
House consideration and passage of S. 1143 (as amended and in lieu of H.R. 2218) Oct. 24 1979 1382

Senate action

Date Page(s)
S. 1143 (an original bill) as reported by the Environment and Public Works Committee May 15 1979 1387
Senate Report 96-151 (to accompany S. 1143) May 15 1979 1391
Additional views of Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) 1402
Senate consideration and passage of S. 1143 June 13 1979 1404

Conference committee and executive action

Date Page(s)
House Conference Report 96-697 (to accompany S. 1143
as reported by the Conference Committee) Dec. 11 1979 1431
House agrees to conference report on S. 1143 Dec. 19 1979 1450
Senate agrees to conference report on S. 1143 Dec. 19 1979 1455
Presidential Statement on signing S. 1143 into law as Public Law 96-159 Dec. 28 1979 1457
Annotated bibliography of hearings 1457


PART VI - LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THE 1980 AMENDMENTS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
Endangered Species Act of 1973, appropriation authorization (section 6), Public Law 96-246
Page(s)
Background 1461
Chronology—Public Law 96-246 1462
Public Law 96-246 1463

House action

Date Page(s)
H.R. 6839 as introduced March 18 1980 and as reported without amendment by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries April 22 1980 1464
H. Rept. 96-896 (to accompany H.R. 6839 as reported by the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries) April 22 1980 1465
House consideration and passage of H.R. 6839 (without amendment) May 5 1980 1474

Senate action

Date Page(s)
Senate consideration and passage of H.R. 6839 without amendment May 12 1980 1476

Executive action
Date Page(s)
H.R. 6839 signed into law (Public Law 96-246) without statement May 23 1980 1477
Annotated bibliography of hearings and a committee print 1477

PART VII

PART VIII

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