What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : (H.R. 1) On an amendment prohibiting federal funds from being used to establish an office focusing on climate change science within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the federal agency that monitors the conditions of the atmosphere and oceans). (2011 house Roll Call 127)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment prohibiting federal funds from being used to establish an office focusing on climate change science within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the federal agency that monitors the conditions of the atmosphere and oceans).
house Roll Call 127     Feb 18, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) prohibiting federal funds from being used to establish an office focusing on climate change science (the National Climate Service) within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA--the federal agency that monitors the conditions of the atmosphere and oceans). This amendment was offered to a continuing resolution funding the federal government through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.

Hall urged support for his amendment: “My amendment would prohibit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, as we call them, from creating or implementing a National Climate Service. The new line office will take vital resources from the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office, essentially gutting fundamental research at NOAA and shifting the main focus of the agency to climate. This shift threatens to harm important NOAA activities, such as helping with the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico to pre-spill conditions….My amendment does not cut NOAA's budget and is not an attempt to hinder the agency from providing useful and authoritative information but, rather, to communicate congressional priorities when it comes to public safety and economic prosperity.”

Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) opposed the amendment: “Climate change is happening, and the ocean is where climate is born. The coast of California is seriously considering all of what the rising oceans will do to the economic value of the most valuable coastal property in the United States….Yesterday, hundreds of high school students from all over the United States were here working, showing their science projects on ocean acidification. They won awards from government entities and nonprofit entities. Their future is about studying these issues. This is the kind of program [the National Climate Service] that we want to invest in. Smart technology, smart energy, that is the way we are going to handle this problem in the future. Those are jobs.”

The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 233-187. Voting “yea” were 227 Republicans and 6 Democrats. 178 Democrats and 9 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment prohibiting funds provided by a continuing resolution from being used to establish an office focusing on climate change science within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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