眾議院自然資源委員會民主黨籍主任委員瑞荷（Nick Rahall）由衷支持總統的倡議，回復對瀕絕物種的保護。然而，身為共和黨黨員的委員會副主委哈士丁（Doc Hastings）則對此動議持有異議，他認為政府此舉將為特定利益團體敞開大門，並且將自己推向永無止盡的官派規範與訴訟。
美國政府接下來必須採取更多的行動來完全廢除過去這項命令，包括由國會制訂新的行政命令或其他作為。參議院目前考慮由眾院的「綜合撥款法」（Omnibus Appropriations Bill）著手，讓歐巴馬政府得以藉3月3日公佈的備忘錄，撤銷前任政府的行政命令，另外還有連同2008年將北極熊列內瀕危物種名單所發佈的特別規定。
President Barack Obama issued a memorandum today temporarily rescinding a Bush-era rule that weakened the Endangered Species Act.
The Bush rule allowed federal agencies whose activities might harm threatened and endangered species to avoid the longstanding requirement that they consult first with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Issued jointly by the Departments of the Interior and Commerce just one month before the end of the Bush administration, the rule exempted many federal actions from review under the Endangered Species Act, even activities that generate greenhouse gases or emit toxic chemicals.
Instead, it allowed federal employees to use their own discretion to decide whether their actions were likely to harm endangered species, whether or not they had the scientific expertise to make those decisions.
In his memo, President Obama requests the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to review the regulation issued on December 16, 2008, and to determine whether to undertake new rulemaking procedures.
"Today, I've signed a memorandum that will help restore the scientific process to its rightful place at the heart of the Endangered Species Act, a process undermined by past administrations," Obama said to applause.
"Throughout our history, there's been a tension between those who've sought to conserve our natural resources for the benefit of future generations, and those who have sought to profit from these resources. But I'm here to tell you this is a false choice. With smart, sustainable policies, we can grow our economy today and preserve the environment for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren," said Obama. "That is what we must do."
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall wholeheartedly supports the President's proposal to restore the protections for endangered species. But House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings was critical of the move, saying it would lead to "endless bureaucratic regulations and lawsuits by special interest groups."
"Our country is in the midst of a terrible economic recession and the federal government should not be taking actions that could stall vital transportation, infrastructure and energy projects that create new jobs," Hastings said.
Conservation groups praised the President's action. "This is welcome news for endangered species," said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. "Obama has restored independent, scientific oversight to the heart of the Endangered Species Act."
More action may be needed by the administration to fully rescind the rule, including a new rulemaking or action by Congress.
The Senate is currently considering an Omnibus Appropriations Bill from the House that would allow the Obama administration to rescind both the rule covered by today’s memo and a special rule issued in conjunction with last year's listing of the polar bear as threatened.