As some politicians have famously said over the years: Let me make on thing perfectly clear. If Congress would simply adequately fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies involved with the Endangered Species Act, there were would be far fewer court cases filed by conservationists. But some right-wing wackos in Congress see it the other way around: Cut the agencies’ funding and then raise hell when conservationists file a lawsuit. This article has lots of background on the tussle.