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Senator Maria Cantwell

Commerce, Science and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance; Indian Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

“We must protect our coastal communities, economies and ecosystems against the risk of an oil spill.  In addition, the threat of seismic activity along the Cascadia Subduction Zone increases the probability of a catastrophic oil spill in the Pacific Northwest. Millions of people rely on the outdoors for their livelihoods, so we must stop offshore drilling and preserve the pristine nature of our coastlines.”


Leadership: Senator Cantwell is one of the most outspoken defenders of the environment in Congress, and she has consistently voted in favor of protections for the oceans. From stopping drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to expanding Mt. Rainier National Park, to creating the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at the mouth of the Columbia River, Senator Cantwell has worked tirelessly to preserve amazing natural treasures while boosting Washington’s recreation and tourism industries. She also continues fighting the overuse of the Puget Sound ports by oil tankers.

Senator Cantwell sponsored:

  • S. 1143 (West Coast Dungeness Crab Management Act)
  • S. 1623 (Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act)
  • S. 1690 (Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act)
  • S. 1694 (Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act of 2015)
  • S. 2165 (A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund)
  • S. 2257 (National Park Service Centennial Act)
  • S. 2326 (Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act)
  • S. 2635 (Coast Guard Icebreaker Recapitalization Act)
  • S. 1275 (REFI Pacific Act)
  • S. 1483 (Oil Spill Technology and Research Act of 2013)
  • S. 1695 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness)
  • S. 2602 (National Heritage Area Authorization Act of 2014)
  • S. 497 (San Juan Islands National Conservation Area Act of 2013)
  • S. 1401 (Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act of 2011)
  • S. 684 (Oil Pollution Prevention and Response Act of 2009
  • S. 859 (Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Amendments of 2009)

Senator Cantwell cosponsored:

  • S. 371 (A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels)
  • S. 1394 (Columbia River Basin Restoration Act of 2015)
  • S. 267 (Pirate Fishing Elimination Act)
  • S. 269 (International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act)
  • S. 383 (A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System)
  • S. 646 (National Endowment for the Oceans Act)
  • S. 769 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • S. 545 (Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013)
  • S. 2030 (National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2014)
  • S. 2131 (Coast Guard Arctic Preparedness Act)
  • S. 2963 (A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels)
  • S. 1254 (A bill to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998, and for other purposes, 2013)
  • S. 45 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2013)
  • S. 269 (Antigua Convention Implementing Act of 2013)
  • S. 646 (National Endowment for the Oceans Act of 2013)
  • S. 3298 (Oil Spill Technology and Research Act of 2012)
  • S. 940 (Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act of 2011)
  • S. 170 (Coastal and Estuarine Land Protection Act of 2009)
  • S. 171 (Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009)
  • S. 173 (Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009)
  • S. 685 (Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2009)
  • S. 840 (International Clean Energy Development Act of 2009)
  • S. 850 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • S. 1252 (Oceans and Human Health Reauthorization Act of 2009)