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Rubio Introduces Legislation to Reduce Maintenance Backlog for Critical Coast Guard Infrastructure

Jul 23, 2019 | Comunicados de Prensa

Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security, introduced the Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act (S. 2212), which seeks to implement recommendations from a recent Government Accountability Office report for the U.S. Coast Guard to reduce and better manage the maintenance backlog for its vast and aging shore infrastructure assets. Improvements are critical to the Coast Guard’s operational mission as shore infrastructure is unfortunately vulnerable due to past weather events, as well as planning for future natural disasters. U.S. Representatives Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) and Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced companion legislation (H.R. 3210) in the House. 
“Florida is home to four Coast Guard Sectors and multiple units, including stations, equipped with shore infrastructure assets that are vital to executing Coast Guard missions,” Rubio said. “This legislation seeks to address the Coast Guard’s maintenance backlog, which includes construction and improvements to facilities damaged by recent hurricanes. We must ensure that this critical infrastructure is up to par to support our servicemen and women who are always ready to protect our nation.”  
“The brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard do an amazing job protecting the homeland day in and day out and often on a moment’s notice, in some of the toughest conditions,” Sullivan said. “By implementing the GAO’s recommendations proposed in this bill, we can insure that our Coast Guard’s shore side infrastructure is up to the standards these men and women deserve and need to effectively serve our nation.”