AIBS has joined stakeholders of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), representing industry, labor, academia, and the non-profit sector, in urging Congress to fund the agency at $7.2 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2024.
The letter, led by Friends of NOAA, reads in part: “The services and outreach provided by NOAA offices are critical to citizens and decision-makers’ ability to protect life and property and mitigate environmental impacts. They also play an important role in informing strategic investments and improvements needed to reinforce and rebuild an improved and more equitable economy and society still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. Robust and predictable science funding for NOAA is critical for our nation’s security and for it to remain a world leader in climate, atmospheric and oceanic science, research, and technology. This support will also allow the Agency to continue to build partnerships with industry, which improves the nation’s ability to turn science into real-world success, and with community stakeholders, who are critical to locally informed solutions and public education. A well-funded, world-class NOAA is essential to these, and so many more, efforts.”
The group strongly encouraged lawmakers to continue to support NOAA, and continue to recognize its role in protecting and supporting our national economy, national security, and public health, by funding it at level of at least $7.2 billion in FY2024.
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