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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2020

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 3, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. YOUNG. Mr. Speaker, I thank my good friend for yielding. I am going to miss Mr. Bishop, his work, his being a gentleman and a good friend as the years have gone by. I have been through 3,452 Members of Congress, and he is one of the good ones.

I thank Congressman Case and Senator Dan Sullivan for this legislation. I know there is some opposition to it, but in Alaska, NOAA plays a very important role. They do navigation, all types of flood control. I can name all the things they do. They monitor fish stocks.

They manage the tsunami warnings. We have some really good earthquakes in Alaska and some pretty good waves. They give us a warning system that makes it work, and it works very well.

They work on the Sea Grant program, provides highly qualified fellows who are very important. In fact, I think I have hired four in my career and they have worked in my office. They are outstanding young people.

This is a piece of legislation that is bipartisan. It is badly needed. There will be some people who say we don't need it. And I will give NOAA notice right now that sometimes they better wake up. They use an excuse of the flu for not monitoring our fish stocks. In that case, then, they should have gone out and gotten private people to do it for them, because we need that constant flow of information to make sure we don't overfish or underfish the stocks.

So, NOAA, wake up a little bit.

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