Subcommittee Hearing

Hearing to Review U.S. Government Efforts to Address Ocean Plastic Pollution

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Time: 02:00 PM Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building Presiding: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)

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Hearing to review U.S. government efforts to address international ocean plastic pollution

NOTE:  For this hearing, the Senate Committee on Appropriations will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP), the Senate Sergeant at Arms, and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of Members, witnesses, staff, and the public.  This includes maintaining six-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room.

Additionally, pursuant to guidance from the CDC and OAP, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time.  Accordingly, we encourage interested persons to utilize the Committee’s live video webcast of the hearing, available on

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Member Statements

  1. Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican - South Carolina)


  1. The Honorable Dan Sullivan
    U.S. Senator, Alaska
  2. The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse
    U.S. Senator, Rhode Island
  3. The Honorable Jonathan Moore
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
    Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
  4. The Honorable Michelle Bekkering
    Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment
    U.S. Agency for International Development