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Marco Rubio to chair Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he has been appointed chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
The commission was created in 2000 to monitor human rights and legal issues in China and submit an annual report to the president and Congress.
Rubio previously served as chair of the 23-member body, which includes nine senators, nine representatives and five senior administration officials appointed by the president.
“I am honored to continue leading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and I remain committed to exposing the brutality of the Chinese government and the heroic efforts of brave Chinese dissidents,” Rubio said in a news release.
Rubio said the CECC’s political prisoner database contains more than 1,400 active cases of political and religious prisoners and that “the commission will shine a bright light on these abuses and press the Chinese government to change its behavior.”
Also Wednesday, the second-term Florida senator joined Sens. Bob Menendez, Lisa Murkowski and Amy Klobuchar in reintroducing a bill to create a national registry for firefighters diagnosed with cancer
“Firefighters put their lives on the line each and every time they are called on to protect civilians from dangerous fires, making them susceptible to multiple health complications, including cancer,” the Miami Republican said. “I am proud to support a bill that aims to prevent and protect firefighters from deadly diseases.”
The registry, which failed to pass through the last Congress, would create a database of information submitted by health care providers on cancer incidence rates among firefighters and make that de-identified information available to researchers developing safeguards and safety protocols for firefighters.
In addition to the four senators announcing their support for the bill Wednesday, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act is co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Steve Daines and John McCain, as well as Democrats Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Al Franken, Charles Schumer,

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Shark industry, lobbyists take sides in shark finning debate

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Competing interests in Florida’s debate over shark fishing are taking sides in Washington D.C., lobbying lawmakers over a bill that seeks to ban trading shark fins.
Timothy Cama of The Hill reports on a trade group called the Sustainable Shark Alliance, a new ad hoc industry player in the $2.2 million business which works primarily in Gulf and East Coast waters around Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and New Jersey.
The alliance is battling the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, which would expand on an existing congressional ban on shark finning. The bill, sponsored by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gregorio Kilili Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands, attempts to outlaw cutting a fish’s fin and returning it to the ocean to die.
Supporters of the law call finning a cruel practice that devastates several shark species, including some that are endangered.
Opposing the bill are the Garden State Seafood Association and the Southeastern Fisheries Association, which brought on lobbyists from Robertson Monagle & Eastaugh.
Shaun Gehan, an attorney representing the industry group, believes the bill is not the right approach to the issue. Gehan said that although the fin represents half a fish’s value, fishermen often use the whole fish. An inability to sell fins would devastate the shark fishing business, which he said is already conservatively managed.
The bill has a long list of co-sponsors, writes Cama, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce, a California Republican, and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Actor Morgan Freeman introduced the bill at a news conference. Also supporting the bill are Oceana, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and The Florida Aquarium; which have retained the Cogen & Grisby firm. 
“Shark finning is cruel and wasteful, and it’s putting some shark species at risk of extinction. The United States rightly decided to ban the trade of ivory and rhino horns—yet we still import

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