Washington, D.C. March 20, 2017 – The following statement was issued by Addie Haughey, associate director of Government Relations at Ocean Conservancy, in recognition of the 371 national, state and individual signatories of a letter of support for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that calls on Congress to reject the Trump administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget:
“The Trump administration and Congress cannot turn a deaf ear to the growing grassroots chorus against the damaging budget cuts proposed for NOAA in the coming fiscal year, which could see $990 million cut with funding eliminated for NOAA grants and programs that primarily benefit industry and State and local stakeholders.
“Today, Ocean Conservancy was proud to deliver a letter with 371 signatories to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations calling for the rejection of Trump administration’s proposed NOAA budget for FY 2018.
“The organizations and community leaders who signed this letter come from every corner of America and every walk of life from oyster farmers and state legislators to bird watchers. It includes organizations and individuals from 29 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than 100 researchers and scientists, over 50 national and regional groups like the American Association of Geographers, and 22 members of the Maine’s State Legislature.
“Ocean Conservancy is proud to have convened these voices in support of our ocean. We are united in recognition of NOAA’s role in safeguarding one of America’s greatest natural resources—our ocean— and against gutting America’s premier ocean agency that serves as a partner, expert and resource for hundreds of thousands across this nation.”
Addie Haughey is available for interviews upon request.
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