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Congressman Garamendi Applauds Committee Passage of Coast Guard Authorization Act and Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act

May 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, announced that for the third consecutive Congress, he and Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter have passed a bipartisan Coast Guard authorization and reform bill through the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This year’s authorization bills contain provisions that will strengthen national security, improve the competitiveness of marine service providers, and support American shipyards. Garamendi also applauded the bipartisan committee passage of the Federal Maritime Commission Reauthorization Act

“The Coast Guard is chronically underfunded and overworked, and the funding increases in this year’s authorization will go a long way toward helping it accomplish the tasks we ask it to undertake,” said Garamendi. “But this year’s authorization does more. It directs the Coast Guard to finally accomplish one of my longtime priorities and establish an enhanced eLORAN system to function as a reliable backup to the GPS systems that Americans rely on every day. This is a critical infrastructure and national security need that has gone unaddressed for far too long. The bill also makes it easier for the agency to acquire unmanned aerial systems for its cutters, and direct the Coast Guard to study the feasibility of using unmanned underwater vessels as mission platforms. These technological edges will advance the Coast Guard’s ability to enforce laws, save lives, and protect resources for the benefit of all Americans”

“The Federal Maritime Commission Authorization contains badly needed provisions to help support marine service providers and our domestic shipping industry,” continued Garamendi. “Consolidation in the global shipping industry has put terminal, tug and bunkering operators at a disadvantage, and this legislation will help ensure fair competition between global shipping alliances and our domestic port services. In addition, this legislation reauthorizes the Small Shipyard Grant Program, which supports our shipbuilding industry and works to promote American technical expertise through shipyard modernization and worker training.”

“I thank Subcommittee Chairman Hunter, as well as Committee Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio, for their work on advancing these important bipartisan priorities.”