Congressman Lowenthal Applauds Interior Dept’s Announced Rulemaking to Reverse Trump Policies Impacting Migratory Birds

May 6, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, applauded the Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announced proposed rule revoking the Trump Administration’s harmful Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) regulation. This new Biden Administration rule would reimplement a century-old interpretation of the MBTA that allowed the FWS to mitigate incidental bird deaths due to industrial or commercial activities.

“I am thrilled that President Biden and Interior Secretary Haaland have taken quick action to reinstate the long-held protections for migratory birds in the MBTA. The Trump Administration’s rollback of the MBTA reversed nearly a century of environmental protection by both Democrat and Republican administrations and risked reversing the significant progress the nation had made in recovering and maintaining bird populations. The Trump Administration’s aggressive pro-oil and gas agenda had, and will have, lasting impacts on our public health, wildlife, the environment, and our climate. The Biden Administration has shown great leadership in ensuring that our government should conserve and protect our air, water, wildlife, and environment for future generations, not the short-term profits of industry polluters.”

Congressman Lowenthal has led efforts to overturn the Trump Administration’s radical reinterpretation of the MBTA, leading and co-leading several letters to then President Trump, as well as to previous DOI Secretaries Ryan Zinke and David Bernhardt.

in January 2020, Rep. Lowenthal introduced the bipartisan Migratory Bird Protection Act, legislation which would reverse the Trump Administration’s reinterpretation of the MBTA and specifically codifying the pre-Trump-era MBTA protections. 

As recently as last month, Rep. Lowenthal joined with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Mike Thompson (CA-05) and 63 of their House colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration’s DOI to adopt specific recommendations to restore and strengthen MBTA protections stripped away by the Trump Administration.