Ocean Champions Endorses Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)

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Ocean Champions Endorses Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)

November 6, 2016

He’s Committed to Clean Water and Healthy Coastlines

Washington, D.C. –November 5, 2016– Ocean Champions, which works to build nonpartisan political power for the oceans by helping to elect pro-ocean candidates to the U.S. Congress, proudly endorses Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16) for reelection.

“Congressman Buchanan has long recognized the importance of a clean and healthy ocean for the economy and environment of Florida,” said David Wilmot, Ph.D., Ocean Champions’ President and Co-Founder. “He will make one of Ocean Champions key issues, Harmful Algal Blooms, a top priority when he returns to Washington, DC.”

Buchanan has been involved in efforts to fight red tide during his service in Washington. He was a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation that called for $90 million in research on red tide and other harmful algal blooms to be distributed over the course of three years. Buchanan also supported legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2014 that authorized $82 million for new research into causes and control of algae blooms as well as for community response efforts.

“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from Ocean Champions and be recognized for my work to protect our oceans and marine wildlife,” Buchanan said. “I’m focused on keeping our coastline pristine, reducing red tide and protecting estuaries like Sarasota Bay.”

Since arriving in Congress in 2007, Buchanan has championed several measures that would protect Florida’s waterways and beaches. A longtime opponent of off shore drilling near Florida’s pristine coastline, Buchanan is a co-sponsor of the Preserving Florida’s Coastal Communities Act (H.R. 2630), aim to prohibit drilling within 125 miles of Florida’s shores in the Gulf of Mexico until 2027. Under current law, such drilling is prohibited until 2022.

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