A bill that would prioritize weather-related activities at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in early December. The Committee reached a bipartisan deal to amend language in H.R. 2413 that had previously called weather forecasting the “top priority” of the agency and would have redirected funding from climate and ocean research towards weather-related activities. The new version of the bill calls for NOAA to “prioritize” weather forecasting.

“One of the things that we learned as we received expert advice on this legislation is that weather research can be strengthened, but that we cannot do it at the expense of ocean or climate research,” said Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “These are all pieces of the same puzzle, and progress in all of these areas is necessary for progress in any single area.”

The Committee approved H.R. 2413 by voice vote.


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