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Statement from Robert Dewey, Vice President for Government Relations, Defenders of Wildlife upon the Migratory Bird Protection Act passing out of the House Natural Resources Committee:

“With 3 billion birds lost in North America, it’s past time to take decisive action. The Trump administration has crippled the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by declaring that it no longer protects migratory birds from unconstrained incidental take by oil and gas developers and other industries. Bird champions, including Reps. Lowenthal and 18 bipartisan original co-sponsors, have responded with the Migratory Bird Protection Act (H.R. 5552) to protect birds from industrial threats and provide regulatory certainty for industry if they follow best management practices to protect birds. We are heartened that this common-sense legislation has passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee."

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit defenders.org/newsroom and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.

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