Yesterday, the US Senate approved the combined FY12 Appropriations bills for Commerce, Justice, and Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The combination of 3 appropriations bills is being called a "minibus" (an omnibus is when all appropriations bills are combined; as this includes 3 bills, it's a "mini"), and after much debate in recent weeks, the bill was finally passed by the Senate.
This means that the Senate has approved the allocation of $5 billion for NOAA. This is more than the bill's counterpart in the House of Representatives. Marine Conservation Institute is pleased with this level and applauds the Senate for highlighting the importance of our oceans and natural resources.
This bill is now ready for conference (the settling of differences between the House and Senate versions) and final passage.
See the press release of yesterday's passage of H.R.2112 below: