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Opinion Congress has a chance to pass the most significant conservation law in decades

The Endangered Species Act, passed in 1973, has long been the federal government's primary tool for conservation. One-third of U.S. wildlife and fish species face “increased risk of extinction” The bill would provide nearly $1.4 billion annually to protect vulnerable wildlife and help them recover. It will be even more heartening if the Senate decisively passes it, says Julian Zelizer. Zelizer: It's encouraging to see bipartisan legislation to protect our nation’s biodiversity gain traction. It would be even better if the bill were passed in the Senate. It's possible to combine the bill with other legislation to close loopholes on charitable deductions for conservation easements.