U.S. Senate forms Ocean Caucus

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Senator Murkowski (center) at the Ocean Caucus reception with Luke Johnson (NOIA), Sen. Whitehouse, Bob Gagosian (Ocean Leadership), Mike Dunmyer (Ocean Champions)

The U.S. Senate has created a bi-partisan Ocean Caucus to build support for ocean issues. The caucus is chartered to work on a consensus basis, and will provide an open forum of discussion. Both of Alaska's senators are members of the caucus. Senator Murkowski will co-chair the caucus, along side Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island.  Read more.

On September 13, the National Federation of Regional Ocean Observing Systems (of which AOOS is a member) co-sponsored of a Senate Ocean Reception.

The Ocean Caucus will start with a total of 18 members. They include

  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) CO-CHAIR
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) CO-CHAIR
  • Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
  • Mark Begich (D-AK)
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Scott Brown (R-MA)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Chris Coons (D-DE)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
  • John Kerry (D-MA)
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)
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