“I believe protecting and preserving our environment is one of the most important duties Congress has. We simply won’t have a world to live in if we continue our neglectful ways.”
Leadership: Rep. Shays has been one of the most consistent voices in Congress for protecting the environment generally and the oceans in particular. He was the lead Republican sponsor of the Clean Cruise Ships Act of 2004, and has been an original co-sponsor of two bills to reauthorize and reform the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Rep. Shays is an original cosponsor of the Ocean Conservation, Education and National Strategy Act for the 21st Century (“Oceans 21”), as well as H.R. 1907 (Coastal and Estuarine Land Protection Act).