Funding for Maritime Heritage Letters
An Appeal from Tim Runyan, National Maritime Alliance, and NMHS
The STORIS Act offered by Sen. Begich of Alaska includes Section 5 (c) that would restore funding for the maritime heritage grants program at the former level before the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) amendment to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act gave all authority to MARAD. MARAD is pushing back in order to keep the money, so we have a fight.
Bills are being marked up on Capitol Hill; we must write now to members on the committees that will be involved in this bill. There are 4 committees—2 House, 2 Senate. You can find the members of each committee here.
Click here for a draft letter to send to members of your committee. Copy the text and paste it to your own word processing program. Fill it out with your information. Email the letter to the committee members from your home state. You can write to all senators through their Senate web site—you must be a member of the district to submit a letter to a congressman via their web site, unless you have an email address to send to. You will need to copy and paste in your letter.
We also suggest sending a hard copy of your letter by snail mail.
Thank you for stepping up and your willingness to help. We must contact these members of the House and Senate now if we are to succeed. Millions in grant funding for the maritime heritage community is at stake. Please make these contacts!