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Struggling to stay up-to-date with the dizzying array of news coming out of the White House? Here's the news you need to know that pertains to ocean and coastal conservation.

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:18am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The executive order and the budget proposal, plus an earlier hiring freeze memorandum, present a management strategy designed to jettison agencies, oust programs, slow hiring and dump employees."

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Posted on March 17, 2017 - 3:10pm, by nwehner
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Via Congress.gov

"To amend title 54, United States Code, to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes."

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Posted on March 17, 2017 - 10:52am, by abrown
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Via Phys.org

"US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 11:16am, by nwehner
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Via BuzzFeed News

"As the Trump administration sows doubt over vaccines, climate science, and environmental protections offered by agencies like the EPA, lawmakers are now taking aim at the otherwise uncontroversial research on tracking the movement and abundance of ocean life."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 9:17am, by nwehner
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Via Ars Technica

"Yesterday, the Trump administration released its first proposed budget outline. While this is just the first step in what will inevitably be extensive negotiations with Congress, it gives a clear indication of what Trump's priorities are. First and foremost, he is focused on the military, which will see a $54 billion increase in spending, offset by cuts or wholesale elimination of programs elsewhere. Science is clearly not a priority, as it is repeatedly targeted for cuts in every agency that funds it."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 11:46am, by nwehner
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Via The House Committee on Natural Resources

"Unfortunately with the stroke of his pen, President Obama ignored a viable alternative developed with stakeholders and unnecessarily cordoned off vital acreage for fishing communities off the coast of Cape Cod.

In his written testimony, Mayor Mitchell pointed out inherently flawed issues in the monument designation process: “It lacks sufficient amounts of all the ingredients that good policy-making requires: scientific rigor, direct industry input, transparency, and a deliberate pace that allows adequate time and space for review,” Mitchell wrote."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 10:59am, by nwehner
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Via Reuters

"Seventeen congressional Republicans signed a resolution on Wednesday vowing to seek "economically viable" ways to stave off global warming, challenging the stated views of President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax."

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 2:39pm, by nwehner
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Via The House Committee on Natural Resources

"On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 10:00 am in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee will hold a one-panel oversight hearing on “Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries.”"

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 2:14pm, by nwehner
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Via House Committee on Natural Resources

"Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa) sent a letter to President Trump today requesting removal of all marine monument fishing prohibitions and reinstatement of fisheries management under federal law.

“Access to several of the nation’s key fisheries is in jeopardy—through the establishment and expansion of marine national monuments. […] The commercial fishing prohibitions of marine national monuments impact shore-side businesses and local economies of the U.S.,” the letter states."

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