H.R. 1171, the Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012

June 19, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on June 7, 2012

H.R. 1171 would reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $4.9 million annually through 2015 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to carry out activities to reduce the amount of marine debris (such as plastic and lost fishing gear) in oceans and coastal areas.

Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $15 million over the 2013-2017 period. Enacting H.R. 1171 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

H.R. 1171 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.