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FY 2019 funding for NOAA remains unknown

The most recent funding bill passed for NOAA was the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations law, which funds the agency at $5.8 billion. This was a largely positive bill for the agency, providing a 3-percent funding increase over FY 2017 levels. Neither the U.S. House of Representatives nor the U.S. Senate have passed the FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill, which funds NOAA. The House version of the bill proposes an 11-percent funding decrease, and the Senate version proposes a 6-percent funding decrease. Many of the funding cuts can be attributed to decreases in the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) budget as some satellite projects come to a close, but NOAA still is not maintaining funding to account for inflation and to provide the necessary growth for science.

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Latest NOAA budget numbers (in millions)

  FY 2018 Omnibus President's FY 2019 Budget Request House FY 2019 Spending Bill FY 2019 House Bill vs. FY 2018 Omnibus (%) Senate FY 2019 Spending Bill  Senate FY 2019 Spending Bill vs. FY 2018 Omnibus (%) 
Overall $5,827.00 $4,560.76 $5,159.00 -11.46% $5,480.00 -5.96%
National Ocean Service (NOS) $565.09 $382.00 $557.58 -1.33% $587.80 4.02%
National Marine and Fisheries Service (NMFS)
$882.96 $810.00 $875.26 -0.87% $924.89 4.75%
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
$548.52 $322.00 $503.34 -8.24% $549.26 0.13%
 National Weather Service (NWS) $1,157.10 $1,053.00 $1,143.00 -1.22% $1,161.38 0.37%
 NESDIS $2,100.57 $1,640.00 $1,661.71 -20.89% $1,743.20 -17.01%
 Mission Support $289.54 $245.00 $275.63 -4.80% $300.26 3.70%
 Office of Marine and Aviation Operations $457.74 $304.00 $249.25 -45.55% $327.30 -28.50%