As founder and co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, I continue to provide leadership on ocean policy in Congress. Monterey Bay is one of the most majestic meetings of land and sea in the world, and growing up on the Central Coast taught me about the bounty and the beauty of the oceans as well as our responsibility to protect them. For these reasons, throughout the last 19 years, I have consistently fought for funding of ocean activities and programs, especially as administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.