Ocean Champions is proud to endorse Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for a second term.
As you know, Senator Whitehouse’s leadership extends across a range of ocean issues. He has cosponsored bills to improve accountability and enforcement of illegal driftnet fishing and to enhance penalties for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act. He has thrown his weight behind the “Trash Free Seas” bill to address marine debris, and cosponsored an important bipartisan bill to mitigate toxic algal blooms and dead zones.
Senator Whitehouse may be best known for leading the Senate passage of his National Endowment for the Oceans Act (NEO), which would establish the first annual fund for ocean conservation projects. NEO would utilize interest from the oil spill liability trust fund, clean water act penalties and revenues from offshore energy development to direct millions of dollars toward projects that protect and restore critical habitat, rebuild fisheries and drive research about critical ocean ecosystems.
“Ocean Champions is a powerful voice in the fight to protect our oceans and coasts, and I'm honored to have their endorsement," said Senator Whitehouse. "As a Senator from the Ocean State, protecting our great waters - and the coastal jobs they support - continues to be one of my top priorities, and I'll keep standing with Ocean Champions and other organizations to advance our shared goals.”
In a time of partisan extremism, Senator Whitehouse has looked for opportunities to work across the aisle. He is a founding Chairman of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, seeing it as a forum for collaborating and building consensus on important ocean issues. In addition, the Senator has partnered with senior Republicans like Senator Olympia Snowe to advance bills like the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Act, and his National Endowment for the Oceans Act.
The Senate would do well to have many more champions like Senator Whitehouse, and we’re proud to endorse him once again in 2012.
P.S. If you’re in the California bay area tonight, please join us at the reception for Senator Whitehouse in Hillsborough!