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Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2005

Location: Washington, DC

COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - September 15, 2005)


Mr. ROTHMAN. Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 889, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2005. This legislation could not come up for our consideration at a better time. We have all seen the phenomenal rescues made by the United States Coast Guard during their efforts to save the lives of thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. I am sure that the more than 23,000 people who have been rescued by the Coast Guard and all Americans join me in thanking and commending the approximately 3,300 Coast Guard men and women who have been working around the clock to locate, rescue, and assist their victims of this natural disaster.

Over the past few weeks we have seen the Coast Guard at their very best, but the Coast Guard's daily operations should not go unnoticed. We rely on the Coast Guard to patrol and protect our nation's waters everyday. They help to secure our nation's ports, harbors, and seaways and ensure the safety of our waterways. The Coast Guard, however, does not just have a domestic role. Many members of the Coast Guard have been deployed overseas to fight in the War in Iraq.

From the Jersey Shore, to the waters in Alaska, to the Gulf Coast, to Iraq, the men and women of the Coast Guard serve our nation with bravery and honor. We must provide them with the resources they need to ensure that they can continue their multifaceted mission. I once again thank every member of the Coast Guard for their service and sacrifice for our nation. I urge all of my colleagues to vote in favor of H.R. 889.


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