Mikulski Visits NOAA
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday continued her Maryland Jobs Tour at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Mikulski was joined by NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan and NOAA senior leaders in discussing the need for federal investments in our physical and human weather infrastructure, protecting lives and livelihoods and supporting jobs.
“NOAA provides critical weather information to protect lives and livelihoods across Maryland and the nation,” Senator Mikulski said. “One-third of U.S. GDP is affected by climate and weather from farmers trying to protect livestock and crops, to cities relying on energy from wind turbines and solar panels, to air travelers trying to get home safely and on time through storms. I’m fighting to ensure NOAA remains a priority in the federal checkbook with the respect, resources and reform needed to support weather science jobs.”
Mikulski, who has stood sentry over our nation’s weather infrastructure, has fought for significant federal investments in research and technology development that are critical to our understanding and prediction of changes in the Earth’s weather, climate and oceans. As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, she worked to ensure the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 provided increased funding to monitor and predict changes in our ocean, weather and climate.
NOAA is a major employer in Maryland, supporting 7,400 Maryland jobs, according to Mikulski’s new release.