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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H3061 on Sep 21, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Flexibility and Access in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act
Source: H3061/S632
Congressional Summary:
  • Amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to require fishery management plans, amendments, or regulations for overfished fisheries to specify a time period for ending overfishing and rebuilding the fishery that is as short as practicable (under current law, as short as possible).
  • Modifies the exceptions to the requirement that [currently states that the rebuilding] period not exceed ten years [to allow a longer period].
  • Requires consideration, in evaluating progress to end overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks, of factors other than commercial and recreational fishing.

Co-sponsor's explanation: (Rep. Walter B. Jones, Dec. 16, 2011): H.R. 3061 would allow the 10-year time period for rebuilding fisheries to be extended under certain common-sense circumstances. In allowing such flexibility, the bill would provide for timely restoration of healthy fisheries while also preventing fishermen from being put out of business because of the rigid, arbitrary timelines contained in the Magnuson Act.

Opponents' explanation Pew Environmental Group, April 7, 2009, www.endoverfishing.org): This bill is designed to weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the nation's primary law governing management of US ocean fish. This bill would:

  • Threaten recovery, long-term sustainability and forego economic benefits of healthy, rebuilt fish populations;
  • Abandon congressional intent requiring federal fishery managers to rebuild depleted fish populations as quickly as possible;
  • Allow federal fishery managers to avoid making tough decisions by claiming that the health of depleted fish populations is beyond their control; and
  • Allow federal fishery managers to continue overexploiting a vulnerable fish population, if it is caught with other populations of healthier fish.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored allowing longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Allow longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored allowing longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Allow longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries (Answer: B)
  • 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 11-H3061

Barney Frank s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s2oNew York Democrat 
Kay Hagan s2oNC Democratic Jr Senator 
Colleen Hanabusa s2oHawaii Democrat 
Frank Pallone s1pNew Jersey Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1pNY Democratic Sr Senator 
John Tierney s2oMassachusetts Democrat 



Republicans participating in 11-H3061

Richard Burr s2oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Ander Crenshaw s2oFlorida Republican 
Lindsey Graham s2oSC Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Grimm s2oNew York Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Peter King s2oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Frank LoBiondo s2oNew Jersey Republican 
Tim Scott s2oSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Bob Turner s2oNew York Former Republican 



Independents participating in 11-H3061

Scott Brown s2oNH Previsouly MA Republican Jr Senator 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 9
Independents: 1


















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