Jon White – From the President’s Office: 05-21-2018

2018-05-21T16:15:58+00:00 May 21, 2018|

On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $62.5 billion Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill for FY 2019. While I referenced available numbers last week (proposed increases for NSF and NASA, a decrease for NOAA), the detailed committee report was released just prior to Thursday’s full committee markup and indicates that many of the eliminations and reductions proposed in the president’s budget request were not included in the House bill. Notably, Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserves, Coastal Zone Management funding, and NOS competitive research were not terminated, and IOOS funding was increased by 7 percent (rather than receiving the 44 percent cut proposed by the president). The bill also includes support for three regional class research vessels for NSF to replace the aging academic fleet. You can find more details in our write-up below and on our funding charts.

Speaking of funding, a few weeks ago, I talked about how sustained federal investment is needed to keep the NOSB from coming to an end after more than two decades. Help us show Congress and the federal ocean agencies the value of the NOSB and the need to recommit to funding ocean science education. Please sign and share this letter—your voice matters!

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