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Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4005, the ``Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act.'' I want to commend Chairman Hunter, Ranking Member Garamendi, and their staffs for the amount of work they put in to have this bipartisan measure brought to the floor.

This important legislation contains a provision based on the ``Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2013'' introduced by myself and Mr. Larsen. This provision puts in place a permanent moratorium from Environmental Protection Agency, state regulations and fines governing incidental discharges from commercial fishing vessels and all other commercial vessels less than 79 feet. With our stagnant economy, the government must not enact federal penalties which could discourage economic growth and job creation. The fines that are scheduled to be levied against our commercial fishermen for incidental charges will be devastating to our national and local South Jersey businesses.

In conclusion, I'd also like to praise the tireless efforts on behalf of all Coasties that our colleague Mr. Coble has worked on during his entire career in the House. A Coasty himself, he has always fought for the men and women serving in this distinguished uniform and we will surely miss him.

I urge all my colleagues to support H.R. 4005.


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