Today was a great day for the ocean, as the House of Representatives passed Chairman Nick Rahall's (D-WV) Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act (H.R. 3534). After several hours of debate, the bill passed along party lines by a count of 209 to 193 with Members endorsed and supported by Ocean Champions leading the way.
This day might not have happened, however, without a great combination of grassroots activism and inside action. Just last week, pressure from Big Oil supporters in Congress almost caused the bill to be weakened beyond recognition. We asked you to tell Congress how you felt, and you did, rapidly delivering an impressive array of emails, letters and phone calls to your Representatives. Meanwhile, we were meeting extensively with our champions on the Hill to marshal support for the ocean provisions in the Act.
Together, along with our colleagues in the conservation community, our efforts helped to deliver a great victory for the oceans, but we won't be done until this bill is signed into law. That requires passing it in the Senate - an even bigger challenge. We'll again be working hard on the inside, and we'll need your help along the way. Stay tuned and be ready for ocean action!
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. We're very proud that virtually all of our champions voted for the CLEAR Act today. Help Ocean Champions elect more ocean advocates to Congress to pass pro-ocean bills like the CLEAR Act by joining Ocean Champions!