Close this search box.

Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Dear Friends,

We cannot keep the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) submerged, no matter how hard we try!Like a bad penny, it just keeps turning up.

LOST is another United Nations treaty that was negotiated in the 1970s.It was rejected by President Reagan and should clearly remain buried deep in our sea bed.

By ratifying LOST, the U.S. would give up its sovereignty in exchange for begging unelected international officials for permission to use its own resources.  The treaty establishes a governing authority called the International Seabed Authority (the “Authority”) which has the power to tax countries for using their own property

LOST threatens our national sovereignty by subjecting our military and U.S. businesses to mandatory international dispute resolution by others who may be motivated by anti-American agendas.The decisions made by the “Authority” would be final and devoid of any appeals process.

Further, this treaty requires U.S. companies to transfer strategic technologies to Third World countries, some of them declared or potential enemies of the U.S.Frankly, our technological superiority in business and military innovation would be utterly compromised.  This provision would strip businesses of their natural and constitutionally protected right to private property.  It could also require us to voluntarily hand over military secrets to countries which seek to harm us.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 23, on LOST.Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) warned us of the Left’s unfair maneuver, in which only proponents of the treaty are slated to testify.

Fortunately, Sen. DeMint is leading the charge to sink this treaty.He has circulated a letter to oppose LOST and already has 26 signers on the letter.We need at least eight more senators to join his efforts.

Take Action Now:

1.Please contact the following senators and ask them to sign the letter that Sen. DeMint is circulating:

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) 202-224-3324

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) 202-224-4543

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) 202-224-5054

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) 202-224-4254

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) 202-224-6244

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) 202-224-3744

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska) 202-224-4224

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) 202-224-3424

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) 202-224-3643

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) 202-224-5972

2.Please call the following senators and thank them for signing onto Sen. DeMint’s letter to oppose LOST:

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) 202-224-6441

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) 202-224-5721

Sen. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) 202-224-4843

Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) 202-224-3154

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) 202-224-3521

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) 202-224-5623

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) 202-224-5754

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) 202-224-2934

Sen. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) 202-224-6142

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) 202-224-6121

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) 202-224-5251

Sen. John Hoeven (R-Nebraska) 202-224-2551

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) 202-224-4721

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) 202-224-5323

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) 202-224-4521

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) 202-224-5444

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) 202-224-6521

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) 202-224-4343

Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) 202-224-2752

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) 202-224-4774

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) 202-224-3041

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) 202-224-4124

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) 202-224-5744

Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) 202-224-2321

Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) 202-224-4623

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) 202-224-6253


The Legislative Department

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee