Oceana Endorses President Biden’s Pro-Environment/Climate Budget Proposal - Oceana USA

Oceana Endorses President Biden’s Pro-Environment/Climate Budget Proposal

Press Release Date: March 28, 2022

Location: Washington, DC

Contact:

Dustin Cranor, APR 954.348.1314

President Biden today released his proposed budget for funding the federal government for fiscal year 2023.

Oceana endorsed the budget proposal and released the following statement from Senior Director of Federal Policy Lara Levison:

“Oceana commends the Biden administration for again proposing robust funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the agency with primary responsibility for stewardship of our oceans, at $6.9 billion for the coming fiscal year. While the fine print is not yet available, Oceana urges Congress and the administration to invest additional funds in strengthening the management of marine fisheries; combating illegal fishing and forced labor by preventing illegal seafood imports from entering U.S. commerce; and improving protections for ocean wildlife, such as the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. The administration’s budget also prioritizes action on climate by proposing to eliminate several tax advantages for fossil fuels and provides increased support to agencies responsible for advancing responsible development of offshore wind energy. Reducing fossil fuel subsidies will help level the playing field, and increased funding will ensure offshore wind development can proceed in a way that minimizes impacts to ocean wildlife and fisheries.”