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May 15, 2008

Action Alert: Help us help boating!

Action Alert: Help us help boating!

At 6:00 p.m. Wednesday we learned that there is an important hearing tomorrow morning for a federal House bill that could remove recreational boats from the impending EPA operational discharge permit requirements.  We need some help right now from you to support H.R. 5949. 

Details: 

The Congressional House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is having a markup on H.R. 5949 "The Clean Boating Act of 2008" today, May 15 at 11:00 am.  This bill, introduced May 1 by Representatives Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and Candice Miller (R-MI) is identical to S. 2766 "The Clean Boating Act of 2008", introduced March 13 by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).  It provides a permanent exemption for recreational boats from the EPA operational discharge permit.  Because this new bill, H.R. 5949, is identical to the Senate bill that has 31 sponsors, it would be great to pass it out of Committee tomorrow and head to the House floor.

For more general background on this issue visit www.boatblue.org or www.boatus.com/gov.

Action Needed:  Please pick up the phone and call your Representative right now and ask that they vote YES in support of this bill.  With only four months left before the EPA permit deadline, we need to move this bill through committee tomorrow and get to a full House vote as soon as possible. 

Please help us help boating:

Call your Representative as soon as possible, but before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Ask to speak to the person handling H.R. 5949 "The Clean Boating Act".

Tell them how important this bill is, and that without it every single recreational boat in the country will need a new permit to legally operate after 9/30/08.

Ask them to vote YES for H.R. 5949 on Thursday and move the bill out of Committee.
 
The list below includes Democrats and Republicans on the Committee, listed in state order, and their Washington DC phone number.

Democrats on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
 
Name
Phone Number
District

  
 Congressman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ-05)
 (202) 225-2190
 AZ05
   
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA-05)
 (202) 225-7163
 CA05
  
Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-CA-10)
 (202) 225-1880
 CA10
   
Congressman Gerald McNerney (D-CA-11)
 (202) 225-1947
 CA11
  
Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA-37)
 (202) 225-7924
 CA37
  
 Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA-38)
 (202) 225-5256
 CA38
 
Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA-51)
 (202) 225-8045
 CA51
   
Congressman John Salazar (D-CO-03)
 (202) 225-4761
 CO03
   
Congresswoman Eleanor Norton (D-DC-DL)
 (202) 225-8050
 DC
   
Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL-03)
 (202) 225-0123
 FL03
   
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI-02)
 (202) 225-4906
 HI02
   
Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA-01)
 (202) 225-2911
 IA01
 
Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA-03)
 (202) 225-3806
 IA03
 
Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-03)
 (202) 225-5701
 IL03
  
Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL-12)
 (202) 225-5661
 IL12
   
Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA-08)
 (202) 225-5111
 MA08
   
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07)
 (202) 225-4741
 MD07
   
Congressman Michael Michaud (D-ME-02)
 (202) 225-6306
 ME02
   
Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN-01)
 (202) 225-2472
 MN01
   
Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN-08)
 (202) 225-6211
 MN08
 Chair
 
Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO-03)
 (202) 225-2671
 MO03
   
Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS-04)
 (202) 225-5772
 MS04
 
 
Congressman Heath Shuler
 (202) 225-6401
 NC11
 
 
Congressman Timothy Bishop (D-NY-01)
 (202) 225-3826
 NY01
 
 
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-08)
 (202) 225-5635
 NY08
 
 
Congressman John Hall (D-NY-19)
 (202) 225-5441
 NY19
 
 
Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-NY-24)
 (202) 225-3665
 NY24
 
 
Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-27)
 (202) 225-3306
 NY27
 
 
Congressman Zachary Space (D-OH-18)
 (202) 225-6265
 OH18
 
 
Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04)
 (202) 225-6416
 OR04
 
 
Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA-04)
 (202) 225-2565
 PA04
 
 
Congressman Chris Carney (D-PA-10)
 (202) 225-3731
 PA10
 
 
Congressman Tim Holden (D-PA-17)
 (202) 225-5546
 PA17
 
 
Congressman Stephen Cohen (D-TN-09)
 (202) 225-3265
 TN09
 
 
Congressman Nick Lampson (D-TX-22)
 (202) 225-5951
 TX22
 
 
Congresswoman Eddie Johnson (D-TX-30)
 (202) 225-8885
 TX30
 
 
Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA-02)
 (202) 225-2605
 WA02
 
 
Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA-03)
 (202) 225-3536
 WA03
 
 
Congressman Steve Kagen (D-WI-08)
 (202) 225-5665
 WI08
 
 
Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV-03)
 (202) 225-3452
 WV03
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Republicans on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
 
 
 
Name
 Phone Number
 District
 
 
Congressman Donald Young (R-AK-AL)
 (202) 225-5765
 AK
 
 
Congressman John Boozman (R-AR-03)
 (202) 225-4301
 AR03
 
 
Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA-42)
 (202) 225-3201
 CA42
 
 
Congressman John Mica (R-FL-07)
 (202) 225-4035
 FL07
 Ranking Member
 
Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL-13)
 (202) 225-5015
 FL13
 
 
Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL-14)
 (202) 225-2536
 FL14
 
 
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25)
 (202) 225-2778
 FL25
 
 
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-03)
 (202) 225-5901
 GA03
 
 
Congressman Timothy Johnson (R-IL-15)
 (202) 225-2371
 IL15
 
 
Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS-01)
 (202) 225-2715
 KS01
 
 
Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA-07)
 (202) 225-2031
 LA07
 
 
Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD-01)
 (202) 225-5311
 MD01
 
 
Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI-03)
 (202) 225-3831
 MI03
 
 
Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI-10)
 (202) 225-2106
 MI10
 
 
Congressman Samuel Graves (R-MO-06)
 (202) 225-7041
 MO06
 
 
Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC-06)
 (202) 225-3065
 NC06
 
 
Congressman Robin Hayes (R-NC-08)
 (202) 225-3715
 NC08
 
 
Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-02)
 (202) 225-6572
 NJ02
 
 
Congressman John Kuhl (R-NY-29)
 (202) 225-3161
 NY29
 
 
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH-02)
 (202) 225-3164
 OH02
 
 
Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH-14)
 (202) 225-5731
 OH14
 
 
Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK-05)
 (202) 225-2132
 OK05
 
 
Congressman James Gerlach (R-PA-06)
 (202) 225-4315
 PA06
 
 
Congressman William Shuster (R-PA-09)
 (202) 225-2431
 PA09
 
 
Congressman Charles Dent (R-PA-15)
 (202) 225-6411
 PA15
 
 
Congressman Todd Platts (R-PA-19)
 (202) 225-5836
 PA19
 
 
Congressman Henry Brown (R-SC-01)
 (202) 225-3176
 SC01
 
 
Congressman John Duncan (R-TN-02)
 (202) 225-5435
 TN02
 
 
Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-02)
 (202) 225-6565
 TX02
 
 
Congresswoman Thelma Drake (R-VA-02)
 (202) 225-4215
 VA02
 
 
Congressman David Reichert (R-WA-08)
 (202) 225-7761
 WA08
 
 
Congressman Thomas Petri (R-WI-06)
 (202) 225-2476
 WI06
 
 
Congresswoman Shelley Capito (R-WV-02)
 (202) 225-2711
 WV02