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Senator Jack Reed

Rhode Island
Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Intelligence

Leadership: Senator Reed has always been an active proponent of protecting and improving the health of our oceans and Rhode Island waterways. Reed has worked to conserve Rhode Island’s coastal waters so that our families, fishermen, and visitors can continue to enjoy the state’s natural resources.  And recognizing the important role the marine economy plays in Rhode Island, Senator Reed continues to support efforts to help grow Rhode Island’s marine workforce and revitalize our boating and fishing industry.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, Reed has secured millions of dollars in federal funding to boost collaborative research between fishermen and researchers to address challenges facing Southern New England fisheries. He also introduced the Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act (S.1414) to give Rhode Island fishermen a seat at the table of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), a government board that establishes fishery management rules for federal waters off the mid-Atlantic coast. Senator Reed has also fought to maintain robust funding for the EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.  These key federal programs help states finance priority water and wastewater construction projects that support jobs, improve water quality, and safeguard public health and the environment.

Senator Reed understands that a clean environment is important to Rhode Islanders’ health, economy, and quality of life.  His conservation efforts have helped clean up and preserve Rhode Island’s open spaces, beaches, and waters, so future generations may appreciate the beauty of the state while living healthy, productive lives.

Senator Reed sponsored:

  • S. 1414 (Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act of 2015)
  • S. 349 (Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Protection Act of 2013)
  • S. 371 (Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act of 2013)

Senator Reed cosponsored:

  • S.999 (COAST Anti-Drilling Act 2017)
  • S.865 (FRAC Act 2017)
  • S. 948 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2017)
  • S. 820 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness 2017)
  • S 3163 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2016)
  • S 2579 (Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act 2016)
  • S. 785: (FRAC Act: A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes)
  • S. 1042 (Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act of 2015)
  • S. 1375 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2015)
  • S. 2089 (American Energy Innovation Act of 2015)
  • S. 2341 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness)
  • S. 2579 (Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act)
  • S. 307 (Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act of 2013)
  • S. 401 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • S. 679 (Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013)
  • S. 754 (Shellfish Marketing Assistance Fairness Act of 2013)
  • S. 769 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • S. 827 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2013)
  • S. 828 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Unlimited Liability Act of 2013)
  • S. 913 (Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research and Jobs Training Act of 2013)
  • S. 2890 (Digital Coast Act of 2014)
  • S. 2963 (A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels)
  • S. 973 (National Endowment for the Oceans Act of 2011)
  • S. 173 (Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009)
  • S. 171 (Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009)
  • S. 170 (Coastal and Estuarine Land Protection Act of 2009)
  • S. 850 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • S. 174 (Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act of 2009.)