Cantwell vs Locke: A fight over NOAA fleet

by Tim Flanagan on June 28, 2010

Bob Simmons has this story at Crosscut:

The fuss over NOAA’s move to Oregon may have quieted down, price but Sen. Maria Cantwell says it isn’t over, at least as far as she’s concerned.

In an uncomfortable exchange with Commerce Secretary (and fellow Washington Democrat) Gary Locke last week, Cantwell hinted that Congress might hold up funds for the agency’s move of a fleet of research ships from Seattle to Newport, Oregon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is housed in Locke’s department, but Cantwell’s Senate subcommittee oversees its budget.

Cantwell criticized Locke for allowing NOAA to wrap up its own investigation of its own relocation process, while the Commerce Department’s inspector general, Todd Zinser, still has serious questions about that process. In a letter (a pdf file) to NOAA made public by Cantwell’s office, Zinser says the agency should have looked more seriously at sites the federal government already owns in Seattle, where NOAA’s already housed.

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1 Pauline Barrett June 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

Get over it…..what a juvenile attitude from our senator (IMHO).

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