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Posted by on February 28, 2005 at 12:11:28:

Congresswoman Lois Capps has been busy in 2005, fighting for political change on Capitol Hill and working to improve her 23rd District in California.

Capps presented a $4 million federal grant to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary last week. The grant will fund relocation of the program’s headquarters from Santa Barbara Harbor to a larger site on the UCSB campus. On the national level, Capps, in collaboration with Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia), introduced an act to Congress Feb. 14 that would expand medical benefits for federal firefighters.

The marine sanctuary will use the grant to build a new administrative and research space next to the Marine Science Institute. The space will help satisfy the educational, research and service needs of the program and will serve as its new headquarters.

Capps, who was able to secure the $4 million appropriation with the help of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said she hopes the new facility will allow the marine sanctuary to undertake more research and educational efforts.

“This is a grant that is a win for everyone involved,” Capps said in a press release. “We are helping researchers and students create valuable new knowledge in marine science, the environment and human health while strengthening our capacity to wisely manage and protect the marine resources on the Central Coast.”

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