S.646: National Endowment for the Oceans Act

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Sponsor Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
Total Cosponsors 6 (All Democrats)
Introduced March 21, 2013
Latest Major Action March 21, 2013
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Bill Summary

National Endowment for the Oceans Act - Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to establish the National Endowment for the Oceans as a permanent endowment fund to support programs and activities to restore, protect, maintain, or understand living marine resources and their habitats and ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, including baseline scientific research, ocean observing, and other programs in coordination with federal and state agencies.

Requires the contribution of non-federal matching funds for certain projects.

Specifies that programs funded in Great Lakes states shall also seek to attain the goals embodied in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Plan, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, or other collaborative planning efforts of the Great Lakes Region. Prohibits the funding of litigation.

Directs the Foundation, according to a specified allo...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 21, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.