Arizona: lobby per le alghe

 

Forget apps: In Congress, there’s a caucus for that, and Arizonans join up

By Jack Fitzpatrick, Cronkite News Service

Published: October 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

A researcher at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology checks on the lab’s equipment that grows algae on a large scale. (Cronkite News Service photo by Christy Little)

A researcher at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology checks on the lab’s equipment that grows algae on a large scale. (Cronkite News Service photo by Christy Little)

WASHINGTON – Shipbuilding may not seem like a vital issue for arid, landlocked Arizona, but Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, joined the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus – along with 23 other caucuses and working groups.

He’s not alone. When it comes to caucuses, Arizona lawmakers seem to err on the side of involvement, joining everything from better-known, more-active groups like the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to groups for things like songwriters and soccer.

On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, added the Congressional Algae Caucus to the list.

The caucus, co-chaired by Salmon and Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., will act as a forum for topics relating to the algae industry, including university research and high-tech jobs, according to a statement from their offices. Salmon said in the statement that his involvement in the caucus was meant to show support for the economic benefits of the emerging industry.

“High-tech jobs will help grow our economy and through this caucus, I hope to draw attention to the great economic and environmental benefits of algae production,” Salmon said in a statement Wednesday.

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Read more: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2013/10/28/forget-apps-in-congress-theres-a-caucus-for-that-and-arizonans-join-up/#ixzz2j3Dvum7H

 

 

 

 

 

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