VANCOUVER, Wash. -– Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler on Monday issued a statement urging U.S. Senate leadership to quickly consider an appropriations bill that includes strong funding for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.
In early May, Herrera Beutler supported strengthened tsunami debris funding in a bipartisan appropriations bill approved by the U.S. House.
Herrera Beutler, who represents Southwest Washington's third district, issued her statement as Southwest Washington’s coastal communities are beginning to witness the debris onslaught resulting from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. She also said she will participate in Pacific County beach cleanup efforts on July 5.
“Southwest Washington’s coastline is facing serious debris pollution issues caused by last year’s Japanese tsunami, and it’s critical that cleanup agencies have the tools they need to protect our coasts,” Herrera Beutler said. “Keeping our waters and beaches clean and safe is vital to protecting our quality of life, our important coastal economy, and our environment."