Regardless of the overriding stance any given Congress takes toward ocean policy, the annual budget always gets funded. That’s why it’s so important to build support for ocean issues on the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate. It’s also why we’re excited to announce our endorsement for Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for the 28th District.
Congressman Schiff is a senior appropriator on the Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee, which oversees NOAA’s budget. Since first being elected in 2000, he’s built a consistent track record of support for ocean programs. Most recently, he fought efforts to block development of innovative and effective “catch share” programs that align fishery economic incentives with conservation goals. He also has opposed efforts to defund the National Ocean Policy, which creates a framework for interagency coordination on ocean activities. Recognizing that all fish do better with less plastic in the ocean, Congressman Schiff has cosponsored Congressman Sam Farr’s Marine Debris Act as well.
Our newest ocean champion sees global warming and ocean acidification not as “imminent crises,” but rather as already present and in need of decisive action. As a result, he is a steadfast supporter of clean energy development, most recently passing an amendment to restore funding to a cutting edge program that brings clean tech innovators into the Department of Energy to catalyze America’s sustainable energy future.
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