Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Signed Into Law

2020-03-30T14:50:11+00:00 March 30, 2020|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) Spending Package Includes Money for Research, Institutions of Higher Education, Fisheries, and Aquaculture From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  Last week, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), a $2.2 trillion spending package to help individuals, families, and [...]

February and March’s Congressional Wrap Up

2020-03-30T14:50:44+00:00 March 30, 2020|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The House passed a series of bills that would reauthorize restoration and conservation programs for the Great Lakes (H.R. 4031), Puget Sound (H.R. 2247), San Francisco Bay (H.R. 1132), and Chesapeake Bay (H.R. 1620), in addition to [...]

Moving Towards Senate-Confirmed Leadership Of NOAA

2020-03-17T15:35:40+00:00 March 16, 2020|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a nomination hearing for Dr. Neil Jacobs to be the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [...]

Senate Comments On Commerce Budget

2020-03-11T12:04:47+00:00 March 9, 2020|

(Credit: Nishkid64/Wikimedia Commons) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “Review of the FY 2021 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Commerce.” Why It Matters The Department of Commerce includes [...]

Finding Federal Funds For Research And Development

2020-03-02T14:05:20+00:00 March 2, 2020|

(Credit: Nishkid64/Wikimedia Commons) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing titled, “A Review of The Administration’s Federal Research and Development Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2021.” Why It Matters Federal funding for scientific research and development is [...]

President’s Budget Request For FY 2021 Released

2020-02-18T10:28:20+00:00 February 18, 2020|

(Credit: Nishkid64/Wikimedia Commons) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  On Monday, February 10, the White House released the president’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2021, A Budget for America’s Future. The proposal aims to reduce spending and “reflects restraint in non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending, which the Budget proposes to [...]

Ensuring Resilient Blue Infrastructure

2020-02-18T10:26:55+00:00 February 18, 2020|

Photo Credit: Credit - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Association for Marina Industries and the National Working Waterfronts Network held a briefing titled, “America's Working Waterfronts and Marinas.” Why It Matters United States marina businesses have an estimated $18 billion [...]

January’s Congressional Wrap Up

2020-02-10T15:32:37+00:00 January 31, 2020|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The Senate passed the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (S. 1982). If enacted, this legislation, which builds upon the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-265), would address marine debris from domestic waste, infrastructure, and U.S. [...]

Crisis Management Through Science

2020-02-04T14:20:08+00:00 January 31, 2020|

(Credit: NOAA) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing titled, “An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions.” Why It Matters The ocean’s role in climate and our economic and national security cannot be ignored. [...]

December’s Congressional Wrap Up

2020-01-21T14:24:25+00:00 January 21, 2020|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Congress passed two sets of measures authorizing funding for FY 2020. The 12 spending bills previously considered were bundled into two separate packages, one containing defense and security-related measures and another containing domestic, foreign-aid, science, and other [...]

Scaling Up U.S. Activity In Warming Arctic

2019-12-16T15:25:49+00:00 December 16, 2019|

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Prentice Danner) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Security held a hearing titled “Expanding Opportunities, Challenges, and Threats in the Arctic: A Focus on the U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Strategic [...]

November’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-12-09T15:17:09+00:00 December 9, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Congress passed a second continuing resolution (H.R. 3055; PL 116-69) signed into law by the president, which funds the federal government during fiscal year (FY) 2020 at FY 2019 levels through December 20. Several conservation measures passed [...]

Building Communities, Building Resilience

2019-12-09T15:17:24+00:00 December 9, 2019|

(Credit: Jon Sullivan/Pixnio) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) held a briefing titled “Resilience along the West Coast: Scientific and Policy Innovations Strengthening Communities and the Environment.” Why It Matters Over 1 billion people [...]

Protecting The Fish And The Fishers

2019-11-19T08:54:45+00:00 November 18, 2019|

(Credit: Pedro Ramirez/USFWS) 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 “Oversight of NOAA’s Report on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing.” Why It Matters The United States is a global leader in sustainable [...]

October’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-11-12T13:10:53+00:00 November 12, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed With an approaching deadline to finish appropriations for fiscal year (FY) 2020, the Senate passed an appropriations package (H.R. 3055) containing their Commerce-Justice-Science (S. 2584); Agriculture (S. 2522); Interior-Environment (S. 2580); and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development [...]

Future Gridlock in Arctic Waters?

2019-11-12T13:11:15+00:00 November 12, 2019|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Coast Guard Healy Class Icebreaker HEALY sits in the ice, about 100 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, in order to allow scientists onboard to take core samples from the floor of the Arctic Ocean on June 18, 2005. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/DoD) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: [...]

August and September’s Congressional Wrap Up

2019-10-21T15:57:14+00:00 October 21, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Since returning from August recess, Congress has continued work on their spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Both chambers passed a continuing resolution (CR; P.L. 116-59), signed into law by the president, that kept the federal [...]

Congress Floats The Idea Of Expanding Aquaculture

2019-10-21T15:57:29+00:00 October 21, 2019|

(Credit: U.S. Geological Survey) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What it Was The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Feeding America: Making Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture a Reality.” Why it Matters As countries look for sustainable sources of protein to feed growing populations, aquaculture has [...]

As New Fiscal Year Begins, Congress Keeps Moving On Appropriations

2019-10-01T10:52:57+00:00 October 1, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) President Signs Stopgap Measure to Avoid Shutdown; Senate Committee Approves Commerce-Justice-Science Spending Bill From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  Last Friday, the president signed a short-term continuing resolution (H.R. 4378) that keeps the federal government funded at fiscal year (FY) 2019 levels through November 21. [...]

Nipping The Impact Of Floods In The Bud

2019-10-01T10:51:56+00:00 September 30, 2019|

(Credit: Jon Sullivan/Pixnio) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What it was The American Geophysical Union (AGU) held a briefing titled “Surging Waters: Science Empowering Communities in the Face of Flooding” Why It Matters Floods are the costliest, most frequent type of disaster in the United States, accounting for hundreds [...]

Disentangling Marine Plastic Pollution

2019-09-23T15:10:13+00:00 September 23, 2019|

A beach is covered with marine debris. (Photo credit: (Susan White/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “Marine Debris: Impacts on Ecosystems and Species.” Why It Matters The [...]

Deadlines Ahead As Congress Reconvenes

2019-09-18T17:28:16+00:00 September 13, 2019|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  Congress returned from recess last week to find themselves in crunch time, with several key deadlines before September 30, the end of the fiscal year — and only 13 working days this month. To avoid a government shutdown at [...]

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, [...]

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