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Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. Chairman, I rise for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with the gentleman from Virginia, Chairman Wolf, and the gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. Keating).

NOAA's habitat restoration programs yield substantial, long-term economic value and help create jobs, not only along the Jersey Shore, but among all coastal areas throughout this Nation. It is my understanding that the fiscal year 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill provides $25 million for habitat conservation and restoration, including sustainable habitat management, but it appears that no funding is specifically designated for the fisheries habitat restoration.

As you move forward with this bill, I ask that you try to fund NOAA's fisheries habitat restoration programs and thereby allow NOAA to continue supporting community-based restoration and provide expertise to the natural resource damage assessment restoration efforts. Fisheries habitat restoration directly supports the volunteer rebuilding of sustainable fisheries and recovery of these federally listed species.


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