Washington, DC (KINY) - Senator Lisa Murkowski, co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, released a statement after her legislation, the BLUE GLOBE Act, advanced one step closer to becoming law.
BLUE GLOBE stands for "Bolstering Long-Term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries."
“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,” Murkowski said. “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 continue to fight for this critical industry.”
This week the Senate passed by voice vote Sen. Murkowski’s motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4521, the United States Innovation and Competition Act, to include her BLUE Globe Act in the final conference report.
According to Murkowski's office, the legislation accelerates technology innovation, promotes a stronger maritime workforce, and bolsters the blue economy.