This is a letter from Congressman Jones of NC sent to Stan Jaursinski Feb. 19, 2011.
The Senate must still pass this important resolution. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat also from North Carolina, has joined with several other senators including Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Burr (R-NC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Scott Brown (R-MA) are working hard to get these controls passed by the Senate. Now is the time for everyone to contact their respective Senator and ask them to ratify this bill and get it on the Presidents desk ASAP.
WASHINGTON - Feb. 19, 2011 (Saving Seafood) - Amendment #548 to H.R. 1 sponsored by Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) and cosponsored by Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey) passed the United States House of Representatives on a recorded vote of 259-159 at 1:43 a.m.
The Amendment would prevent funds from being expended by NOAA to enact new limited access fishing programs. The Amendment, if H.R. 1 is passed by the Senate and signed into law, would prevent spending on new catch shares programs.
51 Democrats joined 208 Republicans voting in favor of the Amendment.
Amendment No. 548 to H.R. 1 would ensure that no funds made available in the continuing resolution may be used to develop or approve new limited access privilege programs for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, New England or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils.
This would prevent further spending on “Catch Shares” programs, a heavily-promoted fisheries policy of the Obama Administration under Dr. Jane Lubchenco’s leadership at NOAA. The policy, backed by several environmental groups, has been controversial. The Catch Shares policy has faced widespread opposition by East Coast fishermen.
The Amendment does not affect fishing programs on the West Coast or Alaska.
The floor debate on the Amendment can be viewed here:
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