Sending Office: Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By:
Denise.Devotta@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act

Original Sponsors: Huffman (D-CA) and LoBiondo (R-NJ)

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 4306, the bipartisan National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017, led by myself and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ). This Act helps continue the science-based management of our nation’s oceanic, coastal, and Great Lakes
resources.

Since it was passed in 1966, the National Sea Grant College Program has used research, extension, and education to address economic and social sustainability needs related to oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. In 2016 alone, the program reported $575 million
in economic impact, a 907% return on the federal investment of $67.3 million. Additionally, Sea Grant’s work has created or sustained 2,900 businesses and 20,770 jobs.

The National Sea Grant College Program Act was last reauthorized and amended in October 2008, which authorized appropriations through FY2014. Sea Grant has consistently had wide bipartisan support because of its effectiveness and importance to communities
across the country. Join us in helping reauthorize this program that has become an integral part of coastal and Great Lakes communities across the country.

Bill Summary:

The National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act would enhance the management of our coasts and Great Lakes by:

  • Requiring, to the maximum extent practicable, that Sea Grant fellows are equitably distributed among political parties and the Senate and House;
  • Allowing the direct hire of former fellows to a position in any Federal agency within 5 years of receiving the fellowship; and
  • Authorizing appropriations for National Sea Grant College Program from FY2018 through FY2023

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor H.R. 4306, the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017, please contact Denise Devotta in Rep. Huffman’s office at Denise.Devotta@mail.house.gov or Matthew Moran in Rep. LoBiondo’s office
at Matthew.Moran@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Jared Huffman                                    Frank LoBiondo

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