Bill Would Require Contractors to Resume Border Wall Construction and Provide Blanket Exemptions from the ESA, NEPA, and Multiple Other Environmental and Conservation Laws

House Resolution 989, the “Build the Wall Now Act,” would direct resumption of the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and would exempt all related construction from the Administrative Procedure Act, the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and multiple other environmental laws. The bill was reintroduced by Representative Jim Banks and has been referred to nine committees, including the House Committee on Natural Resources, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on the Judiciary.