|Commitees||Commerce, Science & Transportation; Energy & Natural Resources (Chair: Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, & Coast Guard Subcommittee), Finance, Indian Affairs, Small Business & Entrepreneurship|
|Quote from Website||"For hundreds of years, Native Hawaiians relied upon the Pacific Ocean to develop a sustainable way of life. Unfortunately, Hawaii has strayed from this wise use of our ocean resources, and we have become too dependent on other countries and the mainland for our food and our energy. Like Ocean Champions, I am committed to a more sustainable and secure Hawaii future that supports our local fishing industry and wisely invests in home-grown energy sources including ocean energy, biofuels and wind. I welcome the endorsement of an esteemed group like Ocean Champions, which clearly understands the importance of sustainable ocean ecosystems that promote the well-being of the people of Hawaii and reduce our dependence on foreign countries."|
Leadership Mazie Hirono has been committed to protecting the environment as the Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd district since 2007. In that time, the Congresswoman has cosponsored legislation to prevent expanded offshore drilling, clean up ocean garbage, and protect coral reefs. She has supported implementation of the National Ocean Policy and cosponsored its legislative precursor, Oceans-21, because she knows that improved ocean governance is needed to protect, maintain and restore ocean and coastal resources for the future. Already in 2012, Rep. Hirono has sponsored two Coastal Preservation Acts for Hawaii’s North Maui (H.R. 3907) and Ka’u coasts (H.R. 3908). In 2011, Rep. Hirono co-sponsored the West Coast Protection Act (H.R. 612), and the Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2011 (H.R. 738). Rep. Hirono is also a member of many environmentally focused House committees and caucuses including the National Marine Sanctuary and House Oceans caucuses and the Water Resources and Environment subcommittee. We look forward to Rep. Hirono championing new ocean conservation legislation in the Senate in 2013.
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