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Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014

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Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from Alaska (Mr. Young).

Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I would like to indulge in a colloquy with Mr. Hunter.

I want to thank the chairman of the subcommittee for yielding and, again, thank him for his work. Section 221 of H.R. 4005 prohibits the Secretary of Homeland Security from dismantling or disposing of any former LORAN system infrastructure for at least 1 year from the date of enactment of the act or until the date the Secretary notifies the committee that such infrastructure is not needed for a positioning, navigation, and timing system to provide redundant capability in the event GPS signals are disrupted, whichever is later; is that the chairman's understanding?

Mr. HUNTER. Will the gentleman yield?

Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. I yield to the gentleman from California.

Mr. HUNTER. Yes, it is.

Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. I ask the chairman, I am aware there are several important issues surrounding the disposition of LORAN stations, including the disposition of lands associated with them that we should closely examine and deal with in an appropriate manner.

I ask the chairman and my colleagues on the committee to work with me to resolve these issues in the context of H.R. 4005 as this bill moves forward.

Mr. HUNTER. To the extent that these issues are within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I look forward to working with the gentleman from Alaska with respect to resolving the disposition of the assets associated with the Coast Guard LORAN stations in a manner satisfactory to the longest-serving member of the subcommittee and its predecessors.

Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. I thank the chairman. I look forward to working on this issue further, and I also want to extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. Coble), the only former coastguardsman now serving in Congress.

To find a finer gentleman and colleague than Mr. Coble would be difficult, indeed. We will miss you, Howard, so please stay in touch.

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