There are an estimated 12,000 different species at risk across the nation according to athendailysreview. A new bipartisan bill set for markup by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee this week aims to lower that number.

The Texas wildlife conservation legislation will not only help finance state plans to keep wildlife populations healthy and off the endangered species list, but could bring the state $50 million a year.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation had a great quote on why everyone can get behind this bill.

"This is one of those areas where Republicans and Democrats can still agree because there really is no Republican whitetail deer or Democratic smallmouth bass. We all have a stake in having healthy wildlife."

-Collin O'Mara

I'm pretty sure my neighbor's cat voted for Harambe in the 2016 race. And my fish is a big tea party fella.

Anyway, hopefully, this deal passes. The reasons the little critters are struggling is mostly due to loss of habitat from development. We can fix what we created and preserve America's natural beauty for future generations.

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