It's important to have ocean champions in key positions to influence ocean legislation, and with that in mind, we are proud to announce our endorsement of Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA), Allen Boyd (D-FL), and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL). Each of these senior appropriators combines a commitment to ocean health with the gravitas to make a difference. We supported all three in 2008, and they've all earned our endorsement once again.
Congressman Honda has focused significant attention on fisheries and renewable energy. He cosponsored a collection of bills designed to address the decline in marine fisheries generally, and in the Pacific Salmon fishery specifically. In addition to his work on fisheries, Congressman Honda has long supported the development of alternative energy and has worked to prevent new West Coast offshore drilling. In response to the BP Gulf oil disaster, he cosponsored the West Coast Ocean Protection Act to permanently ban all drilling off the West Coast, and the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act. He also cosponsored our beloved Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia bill.
Congressman Boyd has always worked for cleaner coastal water, cosponsoring the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia bill as well as bills to restore healthy rivers in Florida's 2nd district. He was an original cosponsor for the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act and has beaten a drum to hold BP accountable to his constituents. Along with Congressman Honda, Mr. Boyd has supported investment in innovative management programs that rebuild fisheries while supporting fishermen.
In addition to serving on the Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz has established herself as a leader in the Democratic Party. With others looking to her for guidance, she has been an important supporter of ocean health issues ranging from the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia bill, to preservation of sea otters, marine turtles and bluefin tuna, to reforming ocean governance. On the latter issue, she cosponsored Oceans-21 and also voiced support for President Obama's Executive Order for our first National Ocean Policy.
Ocean Champions believes strongly that all three of these senior leaders are important for the health and prosperity of the ocean and their respective districts.
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
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