In this Congress, Ocean issues have become partisan for the first time ever, but Charlie Bass has courageously stepped out on some highly contentious votes. The ocean community reached out to him, and he delivered, and today, we’re proud to endorse him as an ocean champion!
During the 2013 budget fight, two horrendous amendments were offered. Steve Southerland introduced one that sought to gut catch shares fishery management programs, and another cut all funds for the National Ocean Policy. Going against the grain of his party, Congressman Bass voted against both, one of only a handful of Republicans to do so.
Congressman Bass’s ocean voting is part of a broader portfolio of support for conservation. He’s a longtime supporter of the Land and Water Conservation fund, and led an effort to build support for preserving it in this Congress. He also opposes opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling. Instead, Congressman Bass supports a balanced energy policy, starting with improved energy efficiency as embodied by his Smart Energy Act, which looks to make 445,000 federal office buildings more energy efficient. This also makes sense for deficit cutting, as it currently costs $7 billion to heat and cool those buildings.
“New Hampshire has a rich history of protecting its natural resources and conserving these treasures for future generations both on land, and off our coast," said Congressman Bass. "I am proud to continue that tradition by advocating for policies that will protect our oceans and its wildlife in a responsible manner and am honored to receive recognition and the endorsement of the members of the Ocean Champions community. “