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Congressman John Garamendi’s Legislation, H.R. 5326, the Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018, Passes Unanimously out of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

April 13, 2018
Press Release

 

Congressman John Garamendi’s Legislation, H.R. 5326, the Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018, Passes Unanimously out of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, applauded the passage of H.R. 5326, the Maritime Technical Corrections Act, through the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.

The bill makes technical corrections and clarifications throughout Titles 10 and 46 of the United States Code, including providing a definition for the role of the Commandant of the Coast Guard. It also modernizes existing text to make it gender neutral by, for example, changing “enlisted men” to refer to “enlisted members.”

“This bill is all about good governance,” said Garamendi. “Congress has an obligation to the Coast Guard and the general public to make sure that the laws that govern them are clear and that roles and responsibilities are well-defined. As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, I am doing everything I can to ensure that Congress works with the Coast Guard to help it fulfill its mission to keep America safe. This bill is a part of that effort, and I thank Chairman Duncan Hunter for his support and leadership on this bill.”

“Furthermore, our laws are chock full of antiquated text that contains gender inequalities we no longer find acceptable today,” said Garamendi. “I believe it is important to erase the legacy of discrimination from our laws. As the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, I felt it was my responsibility to correct our laws governing the Coast Guard.”

A vote in the full House of Representatives has not yet been scheduled.
 

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