The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved a slate of bipartisan measures by voice vote including the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019.
H.R. 3409, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2021. The bill also includes regulatory improvements to promote the U.S. maritime industry and offshore renewable energy development, new requirements for the Coast Guard to assess and evaluate unmanned technologies for potential use in Coast Guard operations, provisions to increase diversity at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and new maritime safety enhancements.
The manager’s amendment includes Chairman Peter DeFazio’s H.R. 367, the “Coast Guard Pay Parity Act,” that ensures that if other armed services are paid during any lapse in appropriations that the Coast Guard will also be paid.
“I am extremely pleased that today our Committee passed my bipartisan legislation to authorize funding for the United States Coast Guard for another two years,” said Chair DeFazio. “This legislation ensures our Coasties can continue carrying out their important work to secure our waterways and keep our communities safe. In addition, I am proud to have added an amendment which guarantees that members of the Coast Guard are paid on time and in full, even in the event of another senseless government shutdown.”
“The Coast Guard Authorization Act helps provide the Service with resources to improve its fleet of assets, stem the flow of illegal drugs and migrants into the country, protect our maritime borders, and promote maritime safety. This is a good bill that also puts the men and women of the Coast Guard on a level with members of our other armed services,” said Ranking Member Sam Graves.
“As the Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee – and as a Representative of New York’s Hudson Valley – I’m pleased our bipartisan reauthorization bill has passed. This bill will help our economy grow, make our Coast Guard stronger, our waterways safer, and ensure our Coasties will have the tools they need to do their jobs,” said Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney.