On June 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act by a vote of 288-116. This represents a major victory in the effort to address sea lion predation in the Columbia and Willamette River basins and wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of lead sponsors Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby), and the lobbying efforts of CCA, our coalition partners, and members like you - thank you! It is making a difference! In fact, Reps. Herrera Beutler and Schrader also issued a press release following the vote, which includes a quote from CCA!
In addition to Reps. Herrera Beutler and Schrader, the legislation also received the support of Oregon's entire House Delegation - Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton). Please consider thanking them for their support by calling their local offices or even via social media.
The focus now turns to the U.S. Senate, where last week Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced companion legislation (S. 3119) - another sign of the growing bipartisan support that exists for the legislation. While Oregon's two U.S. Senators are not yet cosponsors of the legislation, we are hopeful that they will support the effort. Please take just a moment to click here to send them a pre-drafted email and call the local offices of Senators Ron Wyden (503-326-7525) and Jeff Merkley (503-326-3386) to ask them to support the bipartisan Columbia River seal lion predation legislation, H.R. 2083 and S. 3119.
You can also refer to the support letter CCA sent or a recent Seattle Times editorial if you need additional information on why Congress must act before it is too late.
Please forward this message to all your friends and contacts and urge them to act as well.