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DC Download: December 2019

Dec 17, 2019 | Congressional Champions, DC Download, Reserves

Thank you to our Congressional champions for the proposed FY2020 funding bill H.R. 1158, scheduled to be voted on today in the House and tomorrow in the Senate. And thank you to all the NERRds who continue to speak up on behalf of their Reserve and our system. The bill includes $27.5M for NERRS Operations—a $500K increase from FY19—and $4.5M for NERRS PAC, a $2.6M increase from FY19. We appreciate the vote of confidence from our senators and representatives!

Also, with a bipartisan vote of 262-151, the House of Representatives passed a 10-bill legislative package (H.R. 729) on December 10th. This omnibus contained numerous ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes programs, including the NERRA–supported Digital Coast Act (H.R. 2189). 

The package expands programs and increases funding for the National Sea Grant College Program (H.R. 2405); Great Lakes Fishery Research (H.R. 1023); Living Shorelines, Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (H.R. 1314); Tribal Coastal Resiliency (H.R. 729);  Keep America’s Waterfronts Working (H.R. 3596); and National Fish Habitat Conservation through Partnerships (H.R. 1747).

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Congressional ChampionsDC Download: December 2019