GOP House Science Chair Could Gut Funding For NOAA

Axios reports:

A key House Republican is putting forward a plan to make the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) an independent agency outside the Department of Commerce.

Removing the agency from a Cabinet-level department could diminish its clout when it comes to securing funding and weighing in on key policy decisions, former senior NOAA officials tell Axios.

It would also hollow out the Commerce Department, where NOAA comprises more than 50% of the budget. Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.) plans to formally introduce it this spring.

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