Save Our Seas 2.0 tackles global marine debris crisis
By Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Bob Menendez
November 19, 2019
That’s why we built a coalition in Congress and gathered input from environmental and industry stakeholders alike. Despite a divided Washington, that work resulted in a bill that won broad, bipartisan support. When the Save Our Seas Act became law last October, it was a moment of bipartisan progress on a vital issue — one to be celebrated.
The result is an ambitious bill spanning jurisdictions of three Senate committees. Save Our Seas 2.0 seeks to bolster federal agencies in their work to combat marine debris, push international action, support needed domestic infrastructure improvements and promote innovation. It makes significant progress toward the goals of reducing the creation of new plastic waste while dealing with existing plastic waste to stop it from polluting the oceans.
Because of strong support from inside and outside the government, Save Our Seas 2.0 has advanced in the Senate quickly. No one bill in Congress can solve a global crisis such as marine debris on its own. But Save Our Seas 2.0 represents significant progress and sets all of us up for continued efforts of all kinds in this field. Save Our Seas 2.0 will support environmental groups cleaning up beaches, industry collaborating with government, scientists conducting research, legislative efforts moving forward at all levels of government, and much more.
Save Our Seas 2.0 builds on the progress of Save Our Seas. It has served as a rallying point to welcome members of any party or sector who are sincere in their commitment to solving this problem. Plastic waste in our oceans is solvable, but a solution will require coordination, and lots of it. That is what Save Our Seas 2.0 represents. Pitting solution versus solution will only stall progress and allow more plastic to pollute our precious oceans.
We are encouraged by the progress so far but know there is more work to do. We appreciate the support of our co-sponsors and the experts who contributed to this important bill. We welcome anyone who wants to engage in constructive conversations and will work with us to do so. We look forward to swift approval by the Senate Commerce Committee and passage in the U.S. Senate.
To save our oceans, there is no time to waste.
U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Received November 13, 2019 - Published November 19, 2019
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