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Joint Initiative Lauds Progress on Ocean Funding

18 December 2015

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative applauds Congress and the Obama Administration’s budget deal, which provides much needed funding for programs necessary to protect our nation’s oceans and coasts.  For example, the FY2016 omnibus bill provides an overall increase of approximately $317 million for NOAA, an additional $119 million for the National Science Foundation, and over a billion dollar increase for NASA. No budget bill is perfect and while there are many areas to improve upon, the 2016 omnibus offers meaningful support for core programs at NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and NASA that help manage, protect, and better understand our nation’s oceans and coasts and the Arctic.

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