You’re heard us talk about how important it is to have support for good ocean policies on the Appropriations Committee. Every year funding decisions are made for existing ocean programs, and newly authorized programs have no chance if they aren’t adequately supported. Fortunately, these three senior Appropriators are big ocean programs supporters, and we’re proud to endorse Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA), Jim Moran (D-VA) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA).
Congressman Honda is a long time ocean champion with a great resume. In response to declining fish stocks, he sponsored Salmon Solutions and Planning Act and the Fisheries Recovery Act, and delivered funding for shark research. He took on threats to coastal habitat by cosponsoring the Marine Debris Act, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, and the Coral Reef Conservation Act. To tackle climate change he led the creation of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition to push clean technology leadership in the House while delivering funds for municipal building and street light energy efficiency improvements. He also rallies against expanded offshore oil drilling and Big Oil subsidies.
Congressman Moran has been the tip of the spear in successfully fighting the barrage of antiocean, anti-environmental amendments in recent House Appropriations bills, and has fought for ocean health across a wide range of issues. He has worked to prevent expanded offshore oil drilling, and to ensure that the EPA has the ability to regulate greenhouse gases and water pollution. He is a steadfast supporter of the National Ocean Policy and sees the interagency coordination it enables to be more critical than ever in the face of climate change. Moran has also consistently defended catch shares, and delivered funding for a range of ocean health issues, including Chesapeake Bay restoration, climate change research and adaptation, stormwater management and wastewater treatment.
Congressman Fattah has fought hard against the recent wave of attacks on effective ocean conservation policies. During debate on the most recent House CJS Appropriations bill, Congressman Fattah spoke eloquently in support of catch shares programs, and has been a consistent supporter of President Obama’s National Ocean Policy. Congressman Fattah also understands that the health of our environment and our oceans requires an energy strategy that values conservation, efficiency and greater alternative energy use. As such, he is the leading legislative advocate for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program, which will help over 1,000 local communities implement energy efficiency and conservation projects.
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