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The United States Senate: Pass H.R. 1171 and S. 1119

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H.R. 1171, known as the Amendments to the Marine Debris Act, and S. 1119, known as the Trash Free Seas Act, are two pieces of legislation in the US Senate today regarding the accumulation of marine debris in bodies of water, and particularly The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There are 5 known gyres in the world's oceans that collect trash and marine debris, but the largest is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, estimated to be twice the size of Texas and consisting of over 100 million tons of trash. This affects all the countries bordering the Pacific Ocean by hurting the economy and threatening marine life. While the US is not the only country involved, it does have more resources than many other countries; America is poised to pass legislation to improve research on the effects of marine debris, look for ways to lessen pollution, and prevent more trash, and especially plastics, from getting into the ocean. All that is needed is support from the people the senators represent.

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