August 22, 2013
As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on July 30, 2013
S. 1254 would reauthorize and modify the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $20.5 million annually over the 2014-2018 period for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to mitigate the effects of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia (reduced oxygen level) in certain bodies of water.
Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $92 million over the 2014-2018 period and $11 million after 2018. Enacting S. 1254 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
S. 1254 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.