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From American Federation of Teachers (AFT), "If the [proposed] Republican tax plan passes, it will not be possible for many graduate students across the country to afford their education. Their [Republican-led] bill will force them to pay hundreds of dollars more in taxes by treating tuition waivers - the tuition that is waived by universities as compensation for their work as teaching and research assistants - as taxable income, a tax bill they can’t afford on the salary of a graduate assistant."

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On February 17, 2015, 2:00-4:00PM, tentatively, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give a FY16 Budget Briefing for stakeholders. This will be following the announcement of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request expected during the week of February 2, which includes funding for NOAA.

Per NOAA communication, “NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will lead the briefing and discussion at the Department of Commerce Auditorium, located at 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C. NOAA's senior leadership will join Dr. Sullivan to answer questions and respond to comments.”

 

A toll-free teleconference number will also be provided for those who cannot attending in person. More information, including teleconference information is to come. 

 

In an official ruling on Thursday, January 15, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier determined 3.19 million barrels of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico from the Macondo well following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20, 2010. Under the Clean Water Act, oil spill violators face fines ranging from $1,000 to $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled. BP now faces up to $13.7 billion in fines. The third and final phase of the trial starts Tuesday and Barbier will determine how much BP will pay in pollution fines.

You can read more on this ruling in this article from The Times-Picayune.

 

 

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S.1254: Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 was signed by President on June 30. Authorizes over $20M to include maintaining and enhancing "a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program" -- bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254/text. Program is to be led by NOAA and a national task force, similar to Gulf of Mexico Interagency Hypoxia Task Force-- http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/

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Water Resources Development Act (HR3080) becomes Public Law 113-121 without National Endowment for the Oceans-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080

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House passed H.R. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013, "a collaborative effort between numerous federal agencies and several state governments to provide a dynamic and accessible drought-risk information system." House subcommittee news item at http://democrats.science.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-drought-research-legislation. Bill now goes to Senate.

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Senate passed S1254 to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998; bill now goes to House-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email.

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Water Resources Development Act (S601 and HR3080) in conference; conferees shown at http://www.nado.org/house-joins-senate-in-appointing-conferees-for-water-resources-bill/. Senate Bill S601 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080/text) includes Title XII-- National Endowment for the Oceans, not included in original HR3080 passed by House.

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Environmental Law Institute workshops at http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/upcoming-workshops/

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H.R. 2231, Offshore Energy and Jobs Act passed House; Bill at  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2231/text. Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to increase energy exploration and production on the Outer Continental Shelf (opening many new areas of the US EEZ), provide for equitable revenue sharing for all coastal States, implement the reorganization of the functions of the former Minerals Management Service into distinct and separate agencies, and for other purposes.

Gulf Fisheries Fairness Act, HR1219, sent to Natural Resources Committee-- http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1219/text. Amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide that Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico in waters that, on average, are 20 fathoms or less in depth, and for other purposes.

HR1219 sent to Natural Resources Committee-- To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide that each of the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico in waters that, on average, are 20 fathoms or less in depth, and for other purposes.http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1219/text.

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Environmental Law Institute (www.eli-ocean.org) resources clarify Deepwater Horizon oil spill related legislation (e.g., http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/clean-water-act-restore/), settlements and litigation (e.g., http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/understanding-litigation/).

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S96, Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Vitter (AL) to authorize the use of certain offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for artificial reefs, and for other purposes-- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s96is/pdf/BILLS-113s96is.pdf.

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Environmental Law Institute (ELI) web site provides excellent information regarding RESTORE Act and progress of DWH spill-related settlements, litigation and penalties-- http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/

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