On Wednesday, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on his legislation to modernize the Endangered Species Act. H.R. 3131, introduced by Congressman Huizenga, brings the hourly rate for awards of fees to prevailing attorneys to $125 per hour.
Huizenga defended his bill on the house floor, “This bill would ensure that all Americans who sue the federal government are entitled to the same reasonable limits when it comes to being awarded taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees. Veterans, small businesses, and federal benefit recipients go through this right now and frankly Mr. Chairman if it’s good enough for our citizens, it should be good enough for our flora and fauna. It is past time to apply this sensible cap to ESA suits as well.” Huizenga responded to the criticism that the bill would restrict access to the courts, by clarifying it should not limit access if it is truly about the wellbeing of our natural resources, and not about money.
Congressman Huizenga’s Testimony: