The House of Representatives has defeated an amendment that would have derailed a science fleet relocation to Newport.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last year it will move its Pacific Marine Operations Center from Lake Union, Washington, to the Oregon Coast.
Washington Representative Jim McDermott drafted an amendment intended for the budget bill Congress passed Saturday night.
It would have blocked spending associated with the fleet move. But Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader rallied colleagues to note “no” on the amendment.
Kurt Schrader: “There’s over 600 amendments. I’m really pleased with the 5th District staff that combed through all those amendments to find that before it could become a hidden time bomb.”
Schrader said he suspected the Washington delegation might try to block the move during the budget process. But he says he doesn’t grudge the attempt, and characterized McDermott’s effort as “just doing his job”.
The NOAA fleet will commence operations in Newport in May, kicking off a 20-year lease of Port space.
The relocation is a watershed for Newport. It could add an estimated $19 million per year in revenue.