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$150M to zone ocean tucked in Sandy aid bill

Updated 6:45 p.m.: If approved by the House today, the money will go to a regional ocean partnership.

Update 6:45 p.m.: The House tonight approved the Flores amendment to strip $150 million for Ocean zoning on a vote of 221 yeas to 197 nays.

Tucked inside a massive spending bill intended to help victims of Hurricane Sandy but loaded with pork projects is $150 million for President Barack Obama‚??s ambitious plan to zone the oceans.

If approved by the House today, the money will go to a regional ocean partnership to help begin implementation of Obama‚??s highly controversial National Ocean Policy.

But not without a fight from Rep. Bill Flores: The Texas Republican will introduce an amendment this afternoon to kill the funding for the ‚??marine special planning‚?Ě project.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) reportedly inserted the ocean zoning funding into the bill.

Human Events reported last year that the plan allows for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans ‚?? and with it, control over the nation‚??s energy and fisheries in what lawmakers described as the ultimate power grab.

‚??This one to me could be the sleeping power grab that Americans will wake up to one day and wonder what the heck hit them,‚?Ě Flores told Human Events.

The effects of Obama‚??s far-reaching policy would be felt by numerous industries including wind farms and other renewable energy undertakings, ports, shipping vessels, and other marine commerce, and upstream it would also affect mining, timber, even farming.

It will impact consumers directly through rules addressing recreational uses such as fishing and boating, and restricting the multiple use development of the ocean‚??s resources would also increase the cost of fuel and food.

RELATED: House votes to strip funding from Obama‚??s ocean zoning policy

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co