Bonamici Blasts Trump Administration Withdrawal of National Ocean Policy
WASHINGTON, DC [06/20/18] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus and Ranking Member on the Science Committee’s Environment Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the National Ocean Policy (NOP).
“Most people would agree it’s a good idea to have a plan, especially when it comes to managing precious natural resources like our oceans,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Not President Trump. During National Ocean Month, his administration just abandoned the National Ocean Policy developed under President Obama, leaving our oceans more vulnerable to climate change, overfishing, and changing chemistry. Instead, this administration has put forward an industry-driven plan that ignores the need for conservation and ecosystem management. The National Ocean Policy was the first comprehensive policy to protect our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, and it allowed the development of regional plans and data sharing arrangements that advanced ocean science and sustainable management. In his rush to undo anything created by his predecessor, no matter how beneficial, President Trump is making a serious mistake.”
The Congresswoman has taken actions to support National Ocean Policy. During debate on the Energy and Water, Milcon-VA, and Legislative Branch appropriations bill, Bonamici introduced an amendment to remove a rider to prohibit federal funds from being used to implement the NOP.