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Early endorsement earned by Sam Farr
December 2011
Sam Farr

Congressional Representative Sam Farr (17th District) has been awarded early endorsement for his upcoming reelection in November, 2012. Farr continues to be a stalwart supporter of the environment in Congress, especially at a time when all good environmental initiatives are under attack by the decidedly conservative Republican Congressional leadership.

Sam Farr perseveres in moving environmental interests forward with great success. For example, when appropriations levels for ocean stewardship programs (all those NOAA programs that keep our ocean resources sustainable) were cut to the bone, Farr successfully restored enough funding from his position on the appropriations committee so that ocean funding was in relatively good shape when the bill went to the President for his signature.

In October, Farr orchestrated a congressional petition to President Obama to move the Giant Sequoia National Monument out of the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture / Forest Service and into the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. He is intent on ending logging of the sequoias which the jurisdictional shift will help achieve.

For those of us concerned with the amount of trash that ends up on our beaches and in the ocean from offshore dumping or litter in our watersheds, Farr champions legislation to clean up marine debris. His bill, HR 1171, would institute programs that will help curtail the nearly 14 billion pounds of trash that end up in our oceans.

Farr consistently advocates for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and better environmental stewardship. All around, he's one of the go-to guys in Congress when it comes to the environment. Sierra Club endorses Sam Farr for reelection.