Bill Would Broadly Exempt All Military Activities from Endangered Species Act Prohibitions and Permit Requirements

House Resolution 7197, the “Armed Forces Endangered Species Exemption Act,” would prohibit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from designating critical habitat for imperiled species on “any military installation” and would exempt the military from restrictions on harming and harassing endangered species without a permit. The bill was introduced by Reps. Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, and Chip Roy, and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.