July’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-08-12T14:46:41+00:00 August 12, 2019|

(Credit: (Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The House and Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877; P.L. 116-37), a two-year budget deal that raises budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25) until the end of [...]

Shoring Up Support For America’s Working Waterfronts

2019-07-29T14:01:12+00:00 July 29, 2019|

(Credit: Allen Shimada NOAA/NMFS/OST/AMD) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather held a hearing titled, “America’s Waterfronts: Addressing Economic, Recreational, and Environmental Challenges.” Why It Matters Coastal communities are essential to a successful [...]

Scientific Integrity In Federal Agencies

2019-07-22T14:35:00+00:00 July 22, 2019|

(Credit: Marta D/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0)) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a joint hearing titled, “Scientific Integrity in Federal Agencies.” Why It Matters Strong ocean [...]

May And June’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-07-15T15:07:55+00:00 July 15, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Several fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills passed in the House in June, including the chamber’s Commerce-Justice-Science (H.R. 3055), Energy-Water (H.R. 2740), and Interior-Environment (H.R. 3052) appropriations bills. Bills aimed at addressing ocean and coastal acidification, including [...]

Melting Glaciers Reach Tipping Point

2019-07-15T15:04:20+00:00 July 15, 2019|

(Credit: Pablo Clemente-Colon / National Ice Center) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing titled, “Earth’s Thermometers: Glacial and Ice Sheet Melt in a Changing Climate.” Why It Matters Glaciers and ice sheets play vital roles in [...]

Turning The Tide On Estuary Health

2019-07-01T13:29:30+00:00 July 1, 2019|

(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/U.S. Department of Commerce) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing titled, “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters.” Why It Matters Estuaries are critical to the [...]

Short Sea Shipping Shake-Up

2019-06-24T14:41:29+00:00 June 24, 2019|

(Credit: Tom Ward/NOAA Teacher at Sea Program) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled, “Short Sea Shipping: Rebuilding America’s Maritime Industry.” Why It Matters Maritime transportation accounts for 20.6 percent [...]

Offshore Wind Workforce Development On The Horizon

2019-07-29T17:51:56+00:00 June 17, 2019|

(Credit: Ionna22/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing titled, “Building a 21st Century American Offshore Wind Workforce.” Why It Matters As the offshore wind industry expands — there [...]

Diving To New Depths

2019-06-10T13:51:56+00:00 June 10, 2019|

(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing titled, “Ocean Exploration: Diving to New Depths and Discoveries.” Why It Matters The ocean is [...]

Commerce-Justice-Science And Interior-Environment Appropriations Bills Head To House Floor

2019-05-28T15:37:02+00:00 May 28, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Appropriations held a full committee markup of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill and the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Interior-Environment) appropriations bill. Why [...]

March and April’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-05-28T14:45:35+00:00 May 28, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Several bills aimed at addressing ocean and coastal acidification, including the Coastal and Ocean Acidification Stressors and Threats (COAST) Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 1237), the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019 (H.R. 1716), the Ocean [...]

CJS Appropriations Bill Supports Broad Increases to Science Funding

2019-05-23T13:52:58+00:00 May 21, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was: The House Committee on Appropriations held a subcommittee markup of the draft fiscal year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill. The CJS subcommittee provides funding for several federal agencies, including, the [...]

Second Place America?

2019-05-21T15:16:51+00:00 May 21, 2019|

(Credit: Rhonda Baer/National Cancer Institute) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) held a congressional briefing to mark the release of their 2019 benchmark report, Second Place America? Increasing Challenges to U.S. Scientific Leadership. Experts with experience in academia, industry, government, [...]

Legislators “Sea” Wave Of Ocean Bills

2019-05-13T15:51:44+00:00 May 13, 2019|

(Credit: Pablo Clemente-Colon / National Ice Center) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife held a legislative hearing. The subcommittee heard testimony on several bills, including the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of [...]

Rough Waters For President’s NOAA Budget Proposal

2019-05-06T16:28:13+00:00 May 6, 2019|

(Credit: Crew and Officers of NOAA Ship FAIRWEATHER) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment held a budget hearing titled, “A Review of the NOAA Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request.” Why It Matters The National Oceanic and [...]

Ocean Acidification Bills Coast To Committee

2019-04-12T11:45:52+00:00 April 12, 2019|

(Credit: Logan Lambert/Unsplash) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment held a markup on several ocean and estuarine acidification bills. All four bills were favorably reported to the full committee. Why It Matters The ocean’s absorption of excess carbon [...]

Setting Sail On Maritime Security

2019-04-08T13:30:31+00:00 April 8, 2019|

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen/Released) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Security held a hearing titled: “Federal Maritime Agencies: Ensuring a Safe, Secure, and Competitive Future.” Why It Matters The United States is [...]

Overview Of The President’s FY 2020 Budget Request

2019-05-02T11:34:39+00:00 April 1, 2019|

(Credit: White House Photo by Keegan Barber) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  Background President’s Trump’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2020 is similar to the administration’s past two budget requests, proposing steep cuts or elimination for many defense and nondefense science programs. A Budget for a Better America [...]

February’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-04-01T11:29:29+00:00 April 1, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J. Res. 31; P.L. 116-6) was signed into law on February 15 to avert another government shutdown as the continuing resolution (CR) (H.J. Res. 28; P.L. 116-5) extending fiscal year (FY) 2018 [...]

Tapping Into Our Blue Economy

2019-04-01T11:26:41+00:00 April 1, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA NMFS) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled: “Our Blue Economy: Successes and Opportunities.” Why It Matters Sustainable use of our nation’s resources for economic growth and development underpin the concept of the blue economy. [...]

One Fish, Two Fish, Farmed Fish, Good Fish?

2019-08-22T15:24:14+00:00 March 11, 2019|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Stronger America Through Seafood held a congressional briefing to discuss the future of the nation’s aquaculture industry, both nearshore and offshore. Why It Matters A domestic aquaculture industry can provide many potential benefits, ranging from blue economy growth and job creation to maximizing [...]

A Sea Of Change

2019-08-22T15:30:43+00:00 March 4, 2019|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing titled: “Sea Change: Impacts of Climate Change on Our Oceans and Coasts.” Why It Matters The ocean absorbs much of the excess carbon dioxide and heat in the atmosphere protecting [...]

January’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-08-22T15:47:31+00:00 February 19, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The 116th Congress began on January 3, 2019, during a partial government shutdown. The shutdown ended after 35 days on January 25, 2019 when the president signed a continuing resolution (CR) (H.J. Res. 28; P.L. 116-5), which [...]

Discussing The Impacts Of Climate Change

2019-02-19T13:12:58+00:00 February 19, 2019|

(Credit: NASA Earth Observatory) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing titled: “The State of Climate Science and Why it Matters.” Why It Matters The impacts of climate change are felt across the nation, from flooding and intensified [...]

The State Of Our Ocean

2019-08-22T15:53:02+00:00 February 11, 2019|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife held a hearing titled: “Healthy Oceans and Healthy Economies: The State of Our Oceans in the 21st Century." Why It Matters The ocean faces a myriad of threats, including ocean acidification, [...]

Arctic Discussion Circle

2019-01-28T15:44:57+00:00 January 28, 2019|

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a roundtable to discuss the United States’ overall role in the Arctic from a domestic and international perspective. Why It Matters The Arctic is changing, and what that means for [...]

New Congress, New Committee Leadership

2019-01-22T16:19:06+00:00 January 22, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  The start of the 116th Congress brings leadership and organizational changes to committees in both chambers due to term limits, personnel changes, and a shift in the House majority. Below are some changes relevant to the ocean science and [...]

December’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-01-15T16:41:28+00:00 January 15, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed December was busy for ocean science legislation as it was the last month before the start of a new Congress. All bills not signed into law by the end of the 115th Congress must be reintroduced and [...]

The Arctic: A New Maritime Frontier

2018-12-10T15:32:24+00:00 December 10, 2018|

(Credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener / U.S. Coast Guard) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was    The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled: “Preparing for Maritime Transportation in a Changing Arctic.” Why It Matters Warming [...]

October And November’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-08-22T16:25:36+00:00 December 10, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed While the October recess leading up to the 2018 midterm elections left Congress with few legislative days in October and November, several important ocean science bills were signed into law. The Save Our Seas (SOS) Act of 2018 (S. 3508; P.L. 115-265), signed into [...]

Icebreakers On Thin Ice

2019-02-11T12:52:55+00:00 December 3, 2018|

(Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen / U.S. Coast Guard) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was    The House Transportation Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled: “Review of Recent GAO Reports on Icebreaker Acquisition and the Need for a National Maritime Strategy.” [...]

Predicting Coastal Impacts: Where The Atmosphere, Ocean, And Land Collide

2019-08-22T16:35:52+00:00 November 19, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Predicting Coastal Impacts: Where the Atmosphere, Ocean, and Land Collide” to discuss the current and future threats to U.S. coastlines and how communities can mitigate, adapt, and prepare. Why It Matters [...]

The Future Of The Fleets

2019-08-22T16:46:04+00:00 October 15, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled: “The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization” Why It Matters Establishing reliable and consistent maritime domain awareness in the Arctic is [...]

September’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-08-22T16:47:33+00:00 October 9, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed For the first time in over two decades, five appropriation bills were signed into law before the end of the fiscal year (FY). The first FY 2019 appropriations “minibus” (H.R. 5895, P.L. 115-244) includes $147 billion for agencies included in the Energy-Water, Legislative Branch, [...]

Our Plastic Ocean

2019-08-22T16:51:13+00:00 October 1, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing titled, “Cleaning Up the Oceans: How to Reduce the Impact of Man-Made Trash on the Environment, Wildlife, and Human Health?” Why It Matters Plastic is used in countless products — from clothes to [...]

Fish Fights!

2019-08-22T16:54:02+00:00 September 24, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled. “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources.” Why It Matters Seafood accounts for 20 percent of the animal protein in the human diet worldwide, and many people around the world depend on [...]

Smooth Sailing For Autonomous Surface Vehicles And Port Optimization In Transportation Hearing

2018-09-17T17:07:24+00:00 September 17, 2018|

(Credit: U.S. Navy) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled. “Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America.” Why It Matters Safe, reliable maritime transportation is critically important to the blue economy and national security. Marine [...]

August’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-04-22T13:52:08+00:00 September 10, 2018|

(Credit: Martin Falbisoner/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Last month the Senate passed two bills that would advance ocean science and an appropriations minibus (H.R. 6157), which included a spending package for the Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Department of Labor, [...]

Algal Blooms Harmful To Health, Economy, And Summer Fun

2019-08-22T17:01:16+00:00 September 4, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard hearing titled, “Harmful Algal Blooms: The Impact on Our Nation's Waters.” Why It Matters Several areas of the U.S., including the Great Lakes, Alaska, and both coasts of Florida, are [...]

July’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-08-06T16:34:22+00:00 August 6, 2018|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The Senate approved a $154.2 billion “minibus,” consisting of four appropriations bills funding (H.R. 6147) that would fund the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, among others. Several amendments were adopted, including ones that would create a working [...]

Senators See Disconnect Between Dollars And Deliverables Of NOAA’s Priorities

2018-07-30T15:03:45+00:00 July 30, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled, “NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: Supporting Commerce in American Oceans and Great Lakes.” Why It Matters Sectors of the economy that involve the ocean and Great [...]

Shark Research: Hunting For Discoveries Beyond The Ocean

2019-08-22T17:12:26+00:00 July 23, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, “SHARKS!” Why It Matters Sharks play a direct role in the health of the ocean (which humans rely on daily for everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat). [...]

June’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-07-16T17:03:56+00:00 July 16, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Many appropriations bills moved last month, including the Senate’s Commerce-Justice-Science bill, which was approved by both the committee and subcommittee. So far, the full appropriations committees have approved all 12 bills in the Senate and 10 in the House. A minibus that includes the [...]

Buoying Our Nation’s Economy: The Role Of Ocean Data In Supporting The Blue Economy

2019-08-22T17:16:16+00:00 July 16, 2018|

Photo credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the IOOS Association, in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus (chaired by Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Buoying our Nation’s Economy: [...]

Preparing Coastal Communities For Change

2019-08-23T09:37:58+00:00 July 2, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Preparing Coastal Communities for Change: Economic Resiliency, Fisheries, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.” Why [...]

The Science Of Food Security

2019-08-23T09:41:29+00:00 June 25, 2018|

Photo credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Earth and Space Science Caucus (chaired by Representatives Ryan Costello (PA-6) and Jared Polis (CO-2)), supported by the Earth and Space Science Caucus Alliance, presented the second annual Congressional Earth and Space Science [...]

Ocean Science And Technology Are Critical To An Effective Ocean Policy That Will Advance The Economic, Security, And Environmental Interests Of The United States

2018-06-25T17:20:40+00:00 June 20, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “The ocean has much to offer, but only [...]

Senate Spending Bill Supports Ocean Science, Research, And Education

2019-08-23T09:45:21+00:00 June 18, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Senate appropriators marked up and approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science  (CJS) appropriations bill (S. 3072) with strong bipartisan support in both the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and in the full Appropriations Committee.   Why It Matters Through the annual appropriations process, [...]

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