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Shorebirds, fish, songbirds, domestic bees, freshwater mussels, and many other species of wildlife – our country is facing an unprecedented decline in wildlife. Habitat loss, invasive species, disease and extreme weather are all factors affecting their losses. In fact, there are more than 12,000 endangered species across the United States in need of help. There are over 1,200 of them in Texas, including the Texas Horned Lizard, the Black Skimmer, and the Bobwhite Quail.
To help reverse these declines — and to save taxpayers money in the long run by preventing species from becoming endangered — we need actions that are proportional to the scope of the problem. Enter legislation that would be the most important of its kind in more than 50 years, the Wildlife Restoration America Act.
This bipartisan bill was passed by the US House of Representatives in June, and it is now ready for a vote in the US Senate. It will fund $1.4 billion in conservation projects nationally each year, with more than $50 million directed to Texas. And you will do so without any new taxes.
Texas is a paradise for hunters and bird watchers. The natural riches of our outside world are a vital component of Texas’ economy, especially along the Gulf Coast. Outdoor recreation in Texas provides nearly 300,000 jobs and $14.1 billion in salaries and wages. It also provides a much-needed respite for Texans and tourists alike.