WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast (FL-18) joined Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate today to announce the formation of the bicameral Roosevelt Conservation Caucus (RCC). The RCC will embrace and promote constructive efforts to address environmental problems, responsibly plan for all market factors, and base policy decisions on science and quantifiable facts.

“In Florida, we know all too well what happens when the environment is neglected. As a result of decades of abuse, toxic algal blooms are now causing a massive public health crisis,” Rep. Mast said. “This issue doesn’t discriminate based on demographics or ideology—it impacts every single one of us. We need to move past the partisan rhetoric and face our environmental challenges head on by working together to strengthen conservation programs, promote public health, defend our environment, keep our air clean and protect our waterways.”

Among the issues identified as important to the American public that the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus will consider taking up include:

  • Protecting Americans from the harmful health risks of water pollution.
  • Ensuring “fishable and swimmable” water.
  • Reducing ocean plastic pollution.
  • Increasing access to America’s public lands and waters for outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing.

Rep. Mast was joined by U.S. Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Will Hurd (R-TX) as well as U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Richard Burr (R-NC).