AWO Member Action Alert
Urge Members of Congress and Senators to take action on VIDA as soon as possible this year.
What You Can Do
Click the link below to see if your Representative or Senators have cosponsored VIDA. If they haven’t, please ask them to cosponsor the bill.
S. 373 Senators
H.R. 980 Representatives
- Establish a clear and consistent regulatory framework for commercial vessel owners
- Jump-start investments in new, environmentally protective ballast water treatment technologies
- Enhance the level of protection for the nation’s waterways by codifying the de facto consensus that exists between the scientific community, the states and the federal government on the capabilities of ballast water treatment technology
In 2015, S.373 was introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) and was favorably reported to the full Senate by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation with strong bipartisan support. The House companion bill, H.R. 980, was introduced by Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ).
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