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senate Bill S. 2511

Should the Federal Government Have an Inter-Agency Underwater Drone Strategy?

Argument in favor

Drones have many applications for underwater research, and the NOAA should be taking the lead role in coordinating their use and management. It should also be responsible for coordinating cooperation on this technology between the military, public, private, academic, and federal spheres.

davidf's Opinion
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12/10/2018
Having NOAA in charge of this effort makes lots of sense, and this bill seems to move things in a positive direction. What is missing is a requirement that the research NOAA conducts with underwater drones needs to include monitoring and researching those very UMS impacts on the ocean/marine environments they are in.
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Melvin 's Opinion
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12/10/2018
They should also re do the tax bill and pay for the drones. These idiots will come up with all kinds of things to pay for, yet the money they would’ve brought in they gave away. How can any representative with any faith in the constitution continue to vote against the constituents best interest. Vote them out
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Michael 's Opinion
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12/10/2018
At this point let's just make cyborg dolphins and train them to hunt submarines. Nothing matters anymore and the military industrial complex will continue to suck the life from this country.
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Argument opposed

Drones’ impact on marine wildlife is still largely unknown. Without fully understanding these risks, no one — including the U.S. government — should be using drones in the ocean.

Linda's Opinion
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12/10/2018
Until any adverse facts are known, tred lightly. Drones have the potential to be very useful, so let’s research that before implementing their overall use.
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Naftoli's Opinion
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12/10/2018
More regulations? Government is already too big.
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kbauer8588's Opinion
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12/10/2018
We have enough regulations. It ain't broke, so there's no need to fix it.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Armed Services
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • The senate Passed August 23rd, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2018

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in Senate
  • referral
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  • calendar
    Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
  • reported
    Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 115-291.
  • calendar
    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 504.
  • vote
    Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • action
    Received in the House.
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.
  • action
    Mr. Young (AK) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2511.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Armed Services
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • The senate Passed August 23rd, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2018

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    Having NOAA in charge of this effort makes lots of sense, and this bill seems to move things in a positive direction. What is missing is a requirement that the research NOAA conducts with underwater drones needs to include monitoring and researching those very UMS impacts on the ocean/marine environments they are in.
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    Not until our border wall is complete.
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    They should also re do the tax bill and pay for the drones. These idiots will come up with all kinds of things to pay for, yet the money they would’ve brought in they gave away. How can any representative with any faith in the constitution continue to vote against the constituents best interest. Vote them out
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    Until any adverse facts are known, tred lightly. Drones have the potential to be very useful, so let’s research that before implementing their overall use.
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    At this point let's just make cyborg dolphins and train them to hunt submarines. Nothing matters anymore and the military industrial complex will continue to suck the life from this country.
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    More regulations? Government is already too big.
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    NOAA USE OF DRONES FOR UNDERWATER RESEARCH I’m in full agreement that Drones have many applications for underwater research, and the NOAA should be taking the lead role in coordinating their use and management. It should also be responsible for coordinating cooperation on this technology between the military, public, private, academic, and federal spheres. SneakyPete....... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*9*18.....
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    Why..what's the point?
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    We have enough regulations. It ain't broke, so there's no need to fix it.
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    My concern is the commercial applications we don't need to be bringing up any more oil from the oceans and polluting them further. If this were being used for purely scientific reasons I would be for it. But using it for military purposes and to locate more oil deposits is a big No-No for me. We need to be moving to renewable energy sources and we need to be doing it fast.
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    Yes. Only if the most expensive things are changed. Take the money for that stupid wall that will only waste all that money and won’t work anyway. Then redo the tax plan to have the 10,000 or so rich pay their fair share. Only idiots would think giving s tax break to the rich would help the poor.
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    No new legislation while trump’s under investigation unless it’s essential. I’m not thinking drones are essential right at this moment.
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    We need to further science in understanding the damage we're doing to the oceans, and this could help.
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    Vote no! We do not need Government involved in this. We don’t need to spend more money on this. Fully fund the wall!!!
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    I would not expect the federal government to take an expansive role in regulating unmanned underwater vessels. In truth, I do not understand why the federal government needs to exert control of unmanned underwater vehicles, with the exception of areas adjacent to sensitive assets, including military installations, ports and utility facilities. I understand that there are federal agencies, research institutions, engineering entities and resources extraction activities that already deploy and operate unmanned underwater vehicles to support various activities essential for the collection of data required to do their work. As I see it, let’s focus the federal government efforts on other more pressing items that are legitimately federal responsibility. Thank you.
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    Just no
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    We need nearly every feature of this bill, but only if it includes provision for research into the effects on the ocean and undersea wildlife. This would be a good reason for involvement of the scientists of the EPA, had the EPA not been gutted.
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    Sounds like a waste of money.
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    I would definitely want to see how drones are influencing wildlife and seek to minimize danger and minimize harm to ocean creatures. I think there should be regulations and congressional oversight so I guess this bill will help to formulate that.
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    There are many uses for using underwater drones. Geological surveys comes to mind
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