The National Marine Fisheries Service released an update on the “Administration Activities on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning &
National Ocean Council”
From: Gloucester Times
By Richard GainesStaff Writer
The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, backed by a national coalition that ranges from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, is urging a shutoff to all funding geared toward implementation of a National Ocean Policy created by an executive order signed by President Obama, rather than congressional action.
Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Washington, has asked the House Appropriations Committee to freeze spending on the administration initiative, a piece of legislation has been perennially failed to launch.
From: My San Antonio
Texas Rep. Bill Flores thinks that the Obama administration’s new National Ocean Policy should be deep sixed.
Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” the first-term Republican congressman from Bryan, said that the executive order was unnecessary and unwanted.
“They’re essentially trying to [protect the oceans] from here in Washington with unelected, unaccountable — and now with the GSA activities — irresponsible bureaucrats,” Flores said.
President Obama’s National Ocean Policy holds federal agencies responsible for protecting the oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes. Its goal: to “improve the health of oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs” and contribute greatly to the “national economy” and are “essential to the public health and national security.”
Chairman Hastings Asks House Appropriators to Halt Funding and Hit “Pause” on President’s Ocean Zoning Policy
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letteryesterday to Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-05) asking that each appropriations bill include language to prohibit the use of funds for the implementation of President Obama’s ocean zoning and National Ocean Policy.
Obama Administration Refuses to Allow Public More Time to Weigh-in on President Obama’s Plan to Zone the Oceans
From: Tom Remington
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2012 – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today received notice from the Obama Administration that they will not agree to his request for a 90-day extension of the public comment period on the draft National Ocean Policy Implementation plan.
By Congressman John Fleming
From: The Hill