Senators introduce Coast Guard policy bill
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Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee recently introduced a bill authorizing the Coast Guard which would dedicate funds to shoreline modernization programs.
The legislation, which would reauthorize Coast Guard operations for fiscal years 2022 and 2023, aims to improve connectivity along key corridors. Specifically, he would approve $3 billion for infrastructure repairs and upgrades. Additionally, Coast Guard management would be required to report to Congress annually on its backlog of shore-based infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure construction, maintenance and repair projects would include facilities at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore and child care development centers. It would also prioritize the recruitment and training of the Coast Guard workforce.
“The Coast Guard keeps our maritime economy moving and our ports and waterways safe. This bill makes the necessary investments to support that core mission and will also help the Coast Guard combat illegal fishing, improve oil spill response, and strengthen our country’s presence in the Arctic,” said said committee chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash). September 8.
The President added, “The bill also invests in the Coast Guard’s most valuable resource: its personnel. We must expand training and education opportunities for coastal workers and improve housing, child care and medical services so that the Coast Guard can recruit and retain an advanced and diverse workforce.
“The American people depend on the United States Coast Guard now more than ever,” added Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), a panel ranking member. “The Coast Guard can always be counted on to save American lives, protect our homeland, and provide safe shipping, but it’s time we did better for our military.”
“This bill would go a long way to addressing needs such as deteriorating buildings, outdated equipment and lack of adequate funding,” Wicker continued.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change and Manufacturing, noted, “Inadequate icebreaking capacity in the Great Lakes is costing us thousands of dollars. American jobs and millions in business revenue, and this bipartisan legislation invests in the icebreaking resources needed to support our maritime industry and our Made in America economy.
“This essential legislation will help mitigate devastating climate-related events, invest in climate-resilient Coast Guard infrastructure in places like Sturgeon Bay, and increase support for childcare, housing and education. necessary to benefit our service members and veterans,” Baldwin added. .
The bill was referred to its committee of competence. The review of the bill is scheduled for this month.
In July, the House passed an update on Coast Guard operations. This legislation would approve modernization operations and onshore infrastructure and cyber infrastructure projects. At the time of its passage, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said, “Our bill will help the Coast Guard keep our coastal communities safe, support our ports and waterways, protect our marine environment, combat drug trafficking, and respond quickly to dangerous emergencies and disasters. Importantly, this bill also includes provisions of the Safer Seas Act, which takes the necessary steps to eliminate sexual violence in the maritime industry and better protect survivors.
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., added, “Along with our defense policy bill that includes critical support for our service members and families of the military, our bipartisan measure ensures that we have the backs of the Coasties who wake up every day with a wide range of critical missions that keep our seas and coasts safe.
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