Alaskan Congressman Don Young today applauded House passage of H.R. 4005, the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, which authorizes $8.7 billion in discretionary funding for United States Coast Guard (USCG) operations, acquisitions and research for Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016, and works to advance the mission of protecting our nation's oceans and waterways.
"The role of protecting our nation's oceans and waterways, including the 44,000 miles of coastline in Alaska, falls almost entirely on the men and women of our Coast Guard, and Congress must foster a level of support that reflects those needs," said Congressman Young. "Today's passage of H.R. 4005 not only represents a bipartisan effort to strengthen the critical mission of the Coast Guard, but also in securing the safety of our oceans and coastline during a time of global unrest."
"I am proud of the improvements advanced this year, particularly the significant provisions affecting Alaska that would repeal overbearing rules and regulations on fisherman and vessel owners, work to replace and modernize aging USCG assets including our icebreaker fleet, and improve land and housing infrastructure across the state."