Today, two of the strongest ocean champions in Congress, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO). This landmark legislation would estabilsh the first-ever national fund for ocean conservation, and would direct significant funds to activities that would restore, protect, maintain or improve our understanding of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes health.
At a time when we're playing a lot of defense against bad ocean bills, NEO creates a ray of hope. This strong conservation bill has great potential, and you can help build support for it by becoming a citizen cosponsor.
In introducing NEO, Senator Whitehouse remarked, "This legislation will help protect our oceans and coasts, and the natural resources they provide, so they may continue to support jobs for generations to come."
Senator Snowe added, "The National Endowment for the Oceans would help fulfill our responsibility to preserve the vitality of the critical ecosystem it supports."
The bill comes with an impressive list of original Senate cosponsors, including fellow ocean champion Bill Nelson (D-FL), Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
Now you can help this bipartisan bill get a strong start out the gate. Please sign Senator Whitehouse's petition and become a citizen cosponsor of NEO. Broad support could help NEO get a committee hearing and begin building momentum to help it pass. Let's not miss a great opportunity to direct significant funds to restoring and maintaining healthy oceans!
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team