Congressional Testimony

115th Congress: 2017-2018

 

1st Session of the 115th Congress - 2017

 

House Legislative Hearing

On November 2, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative Doug Lamborn (R CO-5)] held hold a legislative hearing. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, testified and provided the Administration's views on HR 221 and HR 1176. The three bills the hearing addressed included:

 

House Committee Hearing on Fisheries

On September 26, the House Committee on Natural resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative Doug Lamborn (R CO-5)], held a hearing on fisheries-related legislation and legislation to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, testified.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senate Committee Hearing on Magnuson Reauthorization

On August 1, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard [Chair, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)] held a hearing titled, “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives.” This hearing was the first in a series to examine the state of our nation’s fishery laws and guide the reauthorization of the Act. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, testified.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senate Committee Hearing on Marine Debris

On July 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard [Chair, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)] held a hearing on marine debris. The hearing was an opportunity to highlight efforts across the U.S. to assess, remove, and reduce marine debris. Other federal witnesses include the Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Director of the Marine Debris Program in the Office of Response and Restoration, at NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Nancy Wallace, testified.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

House Hearing on Endangered Salmon

On June 23, NOAA submitted to the House Committee on Natural Resources Committee written testimony for the record on HR 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act related to a hearing the Committee held on June 8 that NOAA did not testify at.

 

House Hearing on Red Snapper

On May 2, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment [Chair, Representative Blake Farenthold (R TX-14)] held a hearing titled "Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico." Witnesses will discuss management of the rebuilding stock of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, including the commercial sector, private anglers, and the for-hire fleet. The Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Earl Comstock, testified.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senate Hearing on Forecasting Water-Related Hazards

On April 4, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held a hearing on mitigating the impacts of water hazards-including those from severe floods, droughts, and coastal storm surge, among others. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, testified.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia