The House and Senate Appropriation Committees have proposed very different funding levels for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Senate bill would fund NOAA at $5.6 billion, a $270 million increase about the fiscal year 2013 enacted level. This is $150 million above President Obama’s budget request for the agency.

The House Appropriations panel backed a total funding level of $4.9 billion. This is $89 million below the enacted level. The proposed House funding level is about a half a billion dollars short of what President Obama requested for NOAA.


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