Cantwell threatens NOAA move

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell is threatening to withhold taxpayer money for the NOAA Pacific fleet’s move from her state to Oregon.

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Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell says that moving the NOAA Pacific fleet to Newport, Ore. is a “waste of taxpayer dollars,” and is threatening to withhold funds from the project.

The move is expected to be a huge boost for Newport, and tensions are growing between Cantwell and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden.

The sharpest — and most public — exchange to date came after Cantwell questioned  Commerce Secretary Gary Locke during a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of Commerce.

Cantwell referred to an review by the Commerce Department’s inspector general that she said validated her belief that Newport’s selection was improper and should be nullified.


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