The Senate passed the final version of the defense spending bill last week and sent it to President Obama for his signature, but not before slicing out a House provision to block bureaucrats from listing the sage grouse as an endangered species.
We would be outraged under different circumstances, but since Hillary is not hanging new curtains in the West Wing, we’re not sweating it.
We’re feeling confident that a Trump administration is not going to let that happen. As a matter of fact, Westerners should strike while the iron is hot to completely overhaul the Endangered Species Act while we have a trifecta GOP in charge of Washington.
But we digress.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton tells the Daily Sentinel that removing the provision was in fact conditional, because Republicans plan to work with Trump when the new session begins in January to deal with the sage grouse.
So while environmentalists were celebrating the bill’s passage last week sans sage grouse, we expect their elation will be short-lived.