Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Domenici Says Ruling 'Favors Fish Over People'.(Final)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

Sen. Urges Change In Endangered Species Act

A recent federal court ruling "favors fish over people," Sen. Pete Domenici told the Senate on Wednesday as he pleaded for congressional support to change the Endangered Species Act.

"This really has far-reaching implications for all Americans," Domenici said of the ruling in a passionate floor speech. "It essentially favors fish over people."

He said legislative action is needed to short-circuit last week's ruling by a three-judge panel of the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 decision, the judges said water earmarked for cities and farmers can be taken to save the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow from extinction. …

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