In two separate letters sent last week, Congressman Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., urged the House Natural Resources Committee to quickly move several fisheries reform bills through the committee and on to the House floor.
These bills include Congressman Jones’ H.R. 2753 – the Fishery Management Transparency and Accountability Act, in addition to other bills that Congressman Jones is a lead co-sponsor of, such as H.R. 2772 – the Saving Fisheries Jobs Act; H.R. 3061 – the Flexibility and Access in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act; and H.R. 2610 – the Asset Forfeiture Fund Reform Act. These bills were the subject of a committee hearing on Dec. 1, at which Jones testified.
“Every fisherman I talk to believes there are major problems with the way our fisheries are managed,” said Jones. “Many of the bills examined at the Dec. 1 hearing would – if passed – go a long way toward fixing those problems. Everyone acknowledges that this country needs jobs, and that’s exactly what these bills are about. Fishermen in this country are hurting badly. They can’t afford to wait years for relief; they need it now.”
The bills are:
A copy of the letter that, Congressman Jon Runyan, R-N.J., and several others sent to Chairman Hastings on H.R. 2772 can be viewed here.
A copy of the letter that Congressman Jones sent to Chairman Hastings on H.R. 2753 and the other bills can be viewed here.