Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Reps. Garamendi and Hunter Complete Passage of their Two-Year Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill

February 2, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, teamed up with Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego) to pass the bipartisan bill H.R.4188, the Coast Guard Authorization Act. This bill will improve Coast Guard readiness, modernize the service’s fleet, and improve our national security.

“This bipartisan bill provides the U.S. Coast Guard with two years of funding authorization, a clear path for the construction of an essential heavy ice breaker, and a new fleet of offshore cutters,” said Congressman Garamendi.  “These are essential elements necessary for the U.S. Coast Guard to secure our maritime borders, stop drug runners, and provide life-saving response on America's lakes, rivers, and oceans.  I am also pleased that this legislation moves the United States one step closer to building a reliable backup navigation and timing signal for GPS. 

“I congratulate Representatives Hunter, DeFazio and Shuster, and Senators Thune, Nelson, Rubio and Booker, for their leadership, and I thank them for creating a  bipartisan environment that allowed us to work together to achieve the successful passage of this bill.”

H.R. 4188 passed by a unanimous voice vote.