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13-S269 on Feb 11, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act
Source: S.269 / H.R. 69
Congressional Summary:
    Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act;:
  • Authorizes additional enforcement measures relating to search or inspection of facilities or conveyances, records inspection, shipment detention, arrest, search and seizure, and service of civil or criminal process.
  • Authorizes disclosing information internationally to ensure compliance, including international fishery agreements.
  • Requires identification and listing of nations that violate conservation and management measures required under an international fishery management agreement to which the US is a party.
  • Authorizes international cooperation and assistance, including grants, to help other nations achieve sustainable fisheries.

Proponent's argument for bill:(by Mission Blue): Recognizing the growing threat posed by foreign illegal fishing, the International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act would safeguard U.S. ports, strengthen enforcement, and protect American fishing interests. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing spans the globe, threatening legitimate fishing operations, undermining sustainable fisheries management, and stealing a vital resource from needy communities and the world economy. Criminal fishing worldwide is estimated to take $10 billion to $23.5 billion worth of seafood annually, or 11 million to 26 million tons of fish--three to six times more fish than the entire U.S. commercial fishing industry catches legally every year.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.69

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: EPA regulations are too restrictive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Enforce against illegal ocean fishing (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Enforce against illegal ocean fishing (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-S269

Mark Begich s1oAK Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 11, 2013
Richard Blumenthal s1oCT Democratic Sr SenatorJun 4, 2013
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Mar 7, 2013
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 11, 2013
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Feb 11, 2013
Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 11, 2013
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 11, 2013
John Rockefeller s2pWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Feb 11, 2013
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeFeb 11, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalFeb 11, 2013
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 11, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-S269

Lisa Murkowski s1oAK Republican Sr SenatorFeb 11, 2013

Independents participating in 13-S269

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 11
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0

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