The Endangered Species Act, passed in 1973, has expanded to nearly 600 animals, fish, corals and crustaceans in America according to the U. S. Fish and wildlife service. The act has been criticized as being a tool of environmental groups to shut down or inhibit businesses, industry and agriculture. Congressman Denny Rehberg, speaking in Missoula. looks back on the first reform proposed on the Endangered Species Act..

Rehberg says a Republican majority is necessary to move questions about the ESA

away from prolonged litigation. He is challenging Democrat Jon Tester in the 2012

Senatorial election.