Just minutes ago the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3650 The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act. Yesterday we sounded the alarm, you responded and together we helped produce immediate action: a second and successful vote on the House floor. Thank you to Congressional champions who wouldn't quit, and to all who made their voice heard. As a result, this strong ocean bill is closer to becoming a law.
We're thrilled about this victory, and honored that Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) and Congressman Connie Mack IV (R-FL) both thanked Ocean Champions by name on the House floor. Several other champions rose to speak passionately about the issue, including Congressmen Vern Ehlers (D-MI), Frank Kratovil (D-MD) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL).
We now need to move the bill through the always tricky Senate. There is solid support and we're working hard to find the right vehicle, but we may need your help once again over the coming weeks and months to make sure we get this bill over the goal line before the 111th Congress wraps up. For now, we'll celebrate another major milestone for this important legislation.
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. Did you notice how many ocean champions (Members we endorsed) helped make this happen? This is the kind of ocean policy leadership we look for, and why elections matter. We'll be sure to tell all of them how grateful we are for their commitment.