Grijalva and Conservationist Jeff Corwin Hold Press Conference to Defend the Endangered Species Act from GOP Attacks

Washington, D.C. – To highlight the Republican assault on  the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and wildlife conservation, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is holding a press conference with conservationist Jeff Corwin, host of ABC’s Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin, tomorrow morning in Washington, D.C. The event is being held prior to a Committee hearing at 10 a.m. ET where five bills that aim to undermine aspects of the ESA will be debated. Mr. Corwin was invited by the Democrats to testify and is the sole scientist sitting on the panel.

The bills introduced aim to weaken the ESA, not to “reform” or “modernize” it as supporters of the legislation claim. Enacting these bills into law would drive the extinction of fish, wildlife, and plants in America and around the globe. The facts are not up for debate, the Act works – 99 percent of the species that have received ESA protection, like the bald eagle and the Florida manatee, are still with us today thanks to this important conservation law.  

Since taking control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have introduced more than 200 pieces of legislation designed to undermine the ESA.


What: Ranking Member Grijalva and Conservationists Jeff Corwin Band Together to Defend the Endangered Species Act

When: Wednesday, July 19th at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by a House Natural Resources Committee hearing at 10:00 a.m.

Where: U.S. Capitol House Triangle (the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol's East Front)


  • Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife
  • Jeff Corwin,  Biologist and Host of ABC’s Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
  • Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee

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