Thought I would start a new post for DQ action in the Senate. The companion legislation to the house bill in the senate is S. 1194 the 2010 Coast Guard authorization. The bill was introduced by Maria Cantwell from Washington. Cosponsors are Hutchinson from Texas, Rockefeller from West Virginia, McCaskill from Missouri and Snowe from Maine.

The bill was referred to the committee on Commerce, Science & Technology. Rockefeller and Hutchinson are the top 2 dogs on this committee and the other 3 senators are also on it.

The way I see it is that we need to hit these 5 senators hard with a request to add an exemption for the Queen. Since Rockefeller and McCaskill are from states along the rivers the Queen runs on maybe one of them would be willing to introduce the amendment that Rep Hill tried. Mark Pryor from Arkansas is also on the committee, he's not a cosponsor but we should also send messages to him asking to support an amendment to give the Queen another exemption. For a full list of the committee members go to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.

When we get the exemption added to the bill then we'll need to contact all the other senators urging them to pass the legislation.