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Murkowski Directs China Package Conferees to Support Fisheries, Invest in Blue Economy


U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, released the following statements after their legislation, the Bolstering Long-Term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries Act , or the BLUE GLOBE Act, advanced one step closer to becoming law. This week the Senate passed by voice vote Senators Murkowski and Whitehouse’s motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4521, the United States Innovation and Competition Act, to include their BLUE Globe Act in the final conference report. Their legislation accelerates technology innovation, promotes a stronger maritime workforce, and bolsters the blue economy.

“The BLUE GLOBE Act is one step closer to becoming law, which is great news for Alaska’s fisheries and coastal communities. I am proud of our unanimous voice vote last night, which reflects the bipartisan support for this initiative, and look forward to working with the conferees to get this one to the President’s desk,” said Senator Murkowski. “This legislation will improve the health of our fisheries, strengthen the competitiveness of the industry’s workforce, protect against China’s illegal fishing, and diversify our blue economy. I am excited for the opportunities that our fishing communities have and will […]

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