Sending Office: Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Sent By:
Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague:

I hope you will join me in co-signing the below letter to the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee requesting
level funding in FY2019 for NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and related Competitive External Research, as well as noncontroversial report language. These programmatic and language requests have enjoyed bipartisan support in the past and are
consistent with prior funding levels:

  • $26.1 million for NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, the same level provided by the Subcommittee last year;
  • $9.933 million for NOAA Coastal Science and Assessment, Competitive External Research, consistent with the enacted level for fiscal year 2018; and

Department

Agency

Account

Program

Line-item

FY18 House

FY18 Enacted

FY19 Budget

FY19 Request

Commerce

NOAA

ORF

OCMS

CRP

$26,100,000

$25,925,000

$26,033,000

$26,100,000

Commerce

NOAA

ORF

CSA

CER

$5,000,000

$9,933,000

$0

$9,933,000

 
  • Report language reaffirming the Subcommittee’s support for federally funded, collaborative research with academic institutions in your District for the conservation of coral reefs, very similar to what was included in the FY2017 and FY2018
    CJS Appropriations bills (see redline below):

Competitive External ResearchLabs and Cooperative Institutes.—The Committee supports collaboration between NOAA and external academic institutions
in States and U.S. territories that conduct scientific research for the conservation of corals and coral reef ecosystems within U.S. waters. The Committee recognizes that the
science sponsored through such collaboration is important for management of these coral reefs at the State, territorial, and local level, and for effective implementation of the National Coral Reef Action Strategy, especially
with regard to the identification of local action strategies for addressing key threats in each of the jurisdictions that have to coral reefs within its boundaries.”

To be added as a co-signer or for additional information regarding this FY2019 letter, please have your staff contact
iain.hart@mail.house.gov in my office. Thank you, and I hope you will join me in supporting NOAA’s coral reef conservation program and related research.

Sincerely,

MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO

Member of Congress

March 16, 2018

The Honorable John Abney Culberson, Chairman

The Honorable José E. Serrano, Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:

As you work to finalize the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2018, we request respectfully that you:

  • Provide $26.1 million for NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, the same level provided by the Subcommittee last year;
  • Provide $9.933 million for NOAA Coastal Science and Assessment, Competitive External Research, consistent with the enacted level for fiscal year 2018; and
  • Include the below report language reaffirming the Subcommittee’s support for collaborative research with external academic institutions for the conservation of coral reefs.

PROGRAM REQUESTS:

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRP): $26.1 million

Coral reefs provide essential protections for our nation’s island and coastal communities. Healthy, resilient coral reefs safeguard against severe weather, shoreline erosion, and coastal flooding and serve as natural breakwaters for important maritime ports
and harbors of refuge. Coral reefs also support high-paying American jobs in the tourism, recreation, boating, and fishing industries.

NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRP) helps to safeguard this invaluable natural infrastructure, through federal action, research, and grant support for local conservation projects across the United States. We appreciate the Subcommittee’s past support
for NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and hope that you will also provide level funding at $26.1 million for fiscal year 2019.

NOAA Coastal Science and Assessment, Competitive External Research (CER): $9.933 million

We support funding for Coastal Science and Assessment, Competitive External Research within NOAA. Congress has directed NOAA to assist states and territories in addressing threats to coral reefs and to prevent and mitigate damage to U.S. coral reef ecosystems.
Our nation’s marine laboratories, Sea Grant institution, and coral reef institutes are engaged deeply in vital scientific research that responds to local management needs and that promotes stewardship of coral reefs and resiliency. We hope that the Subcommittee
will support this vital work by providing stable funding at $9.933 million for competitive external research, so that much-needed federal grant making and collaboration with NOAA may continue.

REPORT LANGUAGE REQUEST: NOAA Coastal Science and Assessment, Competitive External Research

Competitive External Research.—The Committee supports collaboration between NOAA and external academic institutions in States and U.S. territories that conduct scientific research for the conservation of corals and coral
reef ecosystems within U.S. waters. The Committee recognizes that science sponsored through such collaboration is important for management of coral reefs at the State, territorial, and local level, and for effective implementation of the National Coral Reef
Action Strategy, especially with regard to the identification of local action strategies for addressing key threats to coral reefs.”

We appreciate your past support for these important NOAA programs for coral reef conservation and related research. Should you have any questions, please have your staff contact
Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov in Congresswoman Bordallo’s office. Thank you for your leadership on the Subcommittee and for considering our requests.

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