Graves on High Court’s protection of private property rights in Louisiana

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) issued a statement today regarding the Supreme Court of the United States’ unanimous rejection of an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restrict the use of private property in Louisiana due to endangered species protection – though the property contains no actual endangered species. Landowners challenged the federal agency’s authority, and it was appealed to the Supreme Court (Weyerhaeuser Company v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service).

Graves said: “I commend the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today rejecting attempts by the federal government to effectively commandeer private land without compensation.  We all support efforts to protect endangered species, but the Fish and Wildlife Service’s dubious efforts to protect species by taking private property in Louisiana without any actual endangered species is alarming and clearly outside the intent of Congress or logic.   If left unchecked, the federal agency’s aggressive efforts could potentially set a precedent where the government could just deem virtually any American’s backyard as critical habitat and useless to the actual property owners.  We will continue to work to reign in federal agencies acting outside the law.”

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