Dear Friend,Quick recap: two weeks ago, we celebrated the CLEAR Act passing out of Committee in the House. This bill had several strong ocean provisions, including the establishment of a major fund for ocean conservation.
One week ago, we told you that the CLEAR Act was being brought to the House Floor as part of a Gulf Response package, but the best ocean sections, including the ocean conservation fund, had been stripped out. We urgently asked you to tell your Representative to include the fund and other strong ocean language in the Gulf Response package.
You responded and it made a difference! The CLEAR Act's ocean conservation fund and other good conservation provisions are back in the Gulf Response package that is expected to go to the Floor this week! This is moving fast, and things could change again, but everything looks good now. Thank you for fighting for the oceans!
With momentum on our side, there is one more thing you can do. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced a bill (S. 3641) to create an ocean endowment, very similar to the House bill. Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) is also putting a Gulf Response package together, and we want to make sure S. 3641 is part of it. Please call your Senators (Senate Switchboard: (202) 224-3121) and ask them to support S. 3641. Specifically, ask to speak to the staffer responsible for environmental issues and say:
"I am a resident of [your state], and would appreciate it if the Senator would support including S. 3641, which establishes a National Endowment for the Ocean, in the Majority Leader's Gulf Response package."
As we saw with the House CLEAR Act, your voice made a difference. Ocean Champions is continuing to push for these bills on the inside, and together, we can make this happen!
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. We're on Capitol Hill fighting for healthy oceans every day. You can help us do even more by joining or donating to Ocean Champions today.