Program Update: Advocacy – August 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:28+00:00 September 6, 2012|

Earlier this month, the President signed into law H.R. 5872, which requires the administration to provide a report within 30 days detailing how it would implement the $109 billion sequester called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Program Update: Advocacy – July 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:36+00:00 August 3, 2012|

A government shutdown will be avoided this fall as Congressional leaders agreed to vote on a continuing resolution for the six months of Fiscal Year 13, funding federal programs at approximately current year funding levels.

Program Update: Advocacy – May 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:48+00:00 May 31, 2012|

This month, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a vote of 247-163 the fiscal year 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill (HR 5326), which funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies for the next fiscal year.

Program Update: Advocacy – April 2012

2016-06-29T09:24:55+00:00 May 3, 2012|

Congressional appropriators got off to an early start this spring with both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approving FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bills in April with House and Senate floor consideration expected this month.

Program Update: Advocacy – March 2012

2016-06-29T10:10:03+00:00 April 5, 2012|

On March 7, 2012, Ocean Leadership held its annual Public Policy Forum at the United States Capitol Visitor Center. This year’s theme was the science of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes restoration.

Program Update: Advocacy – November 2011

2016-06-29T10:10:45+00:00 December 1, 2011|

Budget negotiations continued on Capitol Hill throughout the month of November with mixed success. Although the Deficit Reduction Supercommittee halted work on November 21 after failing to reach an agreement identifying the required $1.2 trillion in budgetary savings, an appropriations measure to fund major science agencies for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President this month.

Program Update: Advocacy – September 2011

2016-06-29T10:21:53+00:00 September 29, 2011|

After returning from the August recess, both the House and the Senate have quickly taken up legislation addressing appropriations for fiscal year 2012, restoration of the Gulf Coast, and energy development and production.

Program Update: Advocacy – August 2011

2016-06-29T10:22:00+00:00 September 2, 2011|

Congress has been on recess for the majority of the month of August and will resume next week after the Labor Day weekend. When they return next week, they will be very busy, tackling issues such as the debt ceiling, FY12 appropriations, and legislation such as S 1400 (RESTORE Act), which was introduced by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) shortly before the August recess.

Program Update: Advocacy – July 2011

2016-06-29T10:22:09+00:00 July 28, 2011|

While the nation’s eyes have been focused clearly on the debt ceiling debate in Washington, Congress has also been working on the annual appropriations bills, as well as a suite of oil spill and energy bills.

Program Update: Advocacy – April 2011

2016-06-29T10:23:49+00:00 April 27, 2011|

Congress has been on recess for two weeks in April and will reconvene on May 2. However, a government shut-down was averted at the eleventh hour as President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Boehner (R-OH) reached a budget accord.

Program Update: Advocacy – March 2011

2016-06-29T10:23:56+00:00 April 1, 2011|

Six months into the fiscal year, Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over the FY11 budget. Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that negotiators had reached a tentative agreement to cut $33 billion in spending from the FY10 levels.

Program Update: Advocacy – February 2011

2016-06-29T10:24:07+00:00 March 4, 2011|

On February 10, 2011, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and four other organizations (American Geophysical Union, Sea Grant Association, Alliance for Earth Observations, and the National Federation of Regional Associations on Coastal and Ocean Observing) hosted an Ocean and Coastal Science Community Welcome Reception for the 112th Congress.

Program Update: Advocacy – November 2010

2016-06-29T10:43:27+00:00 December 3, 2010|

The House and the Senate reconvened this month for the last session of the 111th Congress following mid-term elections. During the few weeks left in this session, Congress will have to deal with the FY11 Federal Budget.

Program Update: Advocacy – October 2010

2016-06-29T10:43:48+00:00 October 29, 2010|

The House and the Senate adjourned early this month to prepare for the mid-term elections taking place Tuesday, November 2. Both House and Senate will reconvene on Monday, November 15. The legislative calendar for the lame duck session remains uncertain.

Program Update: Advocacy – August 2010

2016-06-29T10:44:16+00:00 August 27, 2010|

Congress has been in summer recess over the past few weeks and will reconvene on September 13, 2010. Upon their return, the Senate is expected to consider an Oil Spill and Energy Legislation Package and both chambers will deal with FY11 appropriations.

Program Update: Advocacy – July 2010

2016-06-29T10:45:44+00:00 July 30, 2010|

On July 19, 2010, President Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force released their final recommendations and President Obama signed an Executive Order to establish their recommendations into a National Ocean Policy.

Program Update: Advocacy – June 2010

2016-06-29T10:45:51+00:00 July 2, 2010|

On June 3rd, Ocean Leadership held the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Scientific Symposium at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The one-day meeting brought together over 200 scientists to discuss the urgent science issues involved in the response actions to this spill.

Program Update: Advocacy – May 2010

2016-06-29T10:46:02+00:00 May 28, 2010|

To date, the United States government has hosted two science summits to address and coordinate the federal response to the spill. Ocean Leadership will convene a third meeting at Louisiana State University (LSU) on Thursday, June 3, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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