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National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. ZELDIN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 910, the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020, which would authorize roughly $513 million over 5 years for NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program.

Mr. Speaker, representing a district almost completely surrounded by water in New York's First Congressional District, Sea Grant has worked to support our local fishermen and oyster growers, protect our beaches, and support marine science research that is essential for our local economy and environment.

Leading some of the largest bipartisan coalitions of lawmakers to ever support Sea Grant, with my Democratic colleague, Congressman Joe Courtney from Connecticut, we have helped secure critical funding over the years for Sea Grant through the appropriations process.

With imported seafood making up the vast majority of American's seafood consumption, this critical program will help strengthen local seafood businesses on Long Island and across the country.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this important bipartisan legislation.

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