- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A senior congressional Democrat says Republican criticism of the decision not to give federal protections to the greater sage grouse lacks credibility.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (gree-HAHL’-vuh) of Arizona says House Republicans attack President Barack Obama when his administration lists a species as endangered and attack him when it decides against a listing, comparing the rhetoric to a game of “Mad Libs.”

The Interior Department said Tuesday that the bird doesn’t need to be listed as threatened or endangered across its 11-state Western range.

Grijalva is the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The panel’s chairman, Republican Rob Bishop of Utah, says the announcement is intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development across the West.

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