Today in Congress, four bills regarding ocean acidification were discussed.

H.R.1921 – Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2019 – To authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to ocean acidification.

H.R.1716 – Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019 – To direct the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification, and for other purposes.

H.R.1237 – COAST Research Act of 2019 – To amend the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 to establish an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board, to expand and improve the research on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Acidification, to establish and maintain a data archive system for Ocean Acidification data and Coastal Acidification data, and for other purposes.

H.R.988 – NEAR Act of 2019 – To provide for a study by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Science examining the impact of ocean acidification and other stressors in estuarine environments.

Republican representative Vern Buchanon tweeted that “clean ocean is part of life in Southwest Florida. Thats why I just voted for the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act, which will help protect Americas coastlines through further research into the potentially devastating effects of ocean acidification.” While many Democrats have tweeted their support for these bills, few Republican representatives besides Buchanon have discussed these bills. Buchanon also states that “protecting our environment is a bipartisan issue that should be important to all of us.”

Democrat representative Lizze Fletcher tweeted that, “Today we voted to pass the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act, a bill passed with bipartisan support out of the @HouseScience Committee. It’s encouraging to see everyone come together to protect our oceans, coastal communities, & wildlife, especially during #CapitolHillOceanWeek .”

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