H.Res. 989: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national policies and pursue international agreements to prevent ocean acidification, to study the impacts of ocean acidification, and to address the effects of ocean

H.Res. 989

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national policies and pursue international agreements to prevent ocean acidification, to study the impacts of ocean acidification, and to address the effects of ocean

Date
June 8, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.Res. 989 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) on December 16, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 989 would resolve that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national policies and pursue international agreements to prevent ocean acidification, to study the impacts of ocean acidification, and to address the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and coastal economies.

Background

H.Res. 989 recognizes the need to address the impacts of ocean acidification by enacting the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 as part of Public Law 111-11. Public Law 111-11 contained the "Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act," which established a new federal program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct research and public outreach on ocean acidification. 

Given the resolution's statement that the "United States should adopt national policies and pursue international agreements to prevent ocean acidification," some Members may be concerned that a vote for this resolution could be construed as a proxy vote for climate change legislation.