Thirty day comment period for new Interior policy to cut out independent, scientific reviews under Endangered Species Act
The clock has started ticking down for anyone who wants to comment on the Department of Interior's proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act, which could cut out the independent reviews of whether a government decision will affect species in danger of extinction.
The notice was posted in the Federal Register on Friday, giving anyone who wants to weigh in on the changes until Sept. 15.
Independent scientific reviews have been a mainstay of the Endangered Species Act and are meant to provide more input into policy decisions and avoid conflict-of-interest charges that might occur when an agency appears to rubber stamp its own decision.
No doubt just one of thousands of ways the Republicans are trying to destroy the government's ability to function before they go.
As I've said, one real reason to vote for the Democrats is that the civil service will be better off; the Democrat leadership does have a residual belief, however flaccid, that government should, like, actually work. This is just one example of the issue.