The following statement was issued by Addie Haughey, Associate Director of Government Relations for Ocean Conservancy, in anticipation of President Trump’s proposed budget that would slash funding for coastal states and communities:
“Ocean Conservancy is deeply troubled by President Trump’s reckless budget proposal. This drastic reduction in funding for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean programs is dangerous. Proposed cuts to partner agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and National Science Foundation compound the threat.
“President Trump proposes over $1 billion in cuts at NOAA, including a $273 million slash to grants and programs that support practical solutions to on-the-water challenges in states and local communities. From coastal towns facing clear and dire needs for preparedness and repair after a devastating hurricane season, to fishermen whose livelihoods are threatened by changing fish stocks, this administration is turning a blind eye to our coastal economies. Despite pledging during the State of the Union to stand with victims of the 2017 storm season, President Trump’s proposal fails to honor his commitment to rebuild and prepare for future storms.
“Thankfully, Congress is not required to adopt this budget – they get to write their own. We expect the outcry against these cuts to make waves, and we urge Congress to stand up for our coastal communities and reject President Trump’s extreme proposal.”