WASHINGTON, D.C. — Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and urged them to support landmark legislation that will help prevent extinctions and ensure wildlife endure for future generations. O’Mara said the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), would make the most significant investment in wildlife conservation in over half a century.
“Inaction is the ally of extinction,” O’Mara said. “The good news is that is not too late to save America’s wildlife, but there is no time to waste. By passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and investing in this ounce of prevention, we can ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the full diversity of wildlife — because the simple truth is that when we save wildlife, we save ourselves.”
“The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is bold and bipartisan, collaborative and proactive. It will have an immediate impact from the backcountry to backyards all across America.”
The Senate hearing following the release of new polling from Data for Progress showing overwhelming support for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. According to the poll results, 91 percent of voters across the political spectrum believe it is important to save at-risk wildlife for future generations, and 84 percent support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
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