LoBiondo Pleased Misguided Proposed Cuts to Port Security, Coast Guard Operations Not Included in Budget Released Today

Mar 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a senior Member of the House Coast Guard & Maritime Security Subcommittee, today said he was pleased that the first budget outline proposed by the Trump Administration did not include reported proposed cuts to port security and U.S. Coast Guard operations.

“I am pleased we were able to convince the Trump Administration to protect the critical security missions the U.S. Coast Guard undertake each day to keep our nation safe,” said LoBiondo. “It is without dispute the men and women of the Coast Guard are doing an outstanding job, stretching the limited resources they receive now to keep our waters and ports safe. From traditional search and rescue to maritime security and drug interdiction, there is no other dedicated or capable force as the U.S. Coast Guard. As we move forward with the Congressional budget process, I will continue to closely monitor the Service’s funding support to ensure these vital missions are not infringed.”

As reported by various media outlets earlier in March, President Trump’s budget proposal was anticipated to include up to $1.3 billion in cuts to the Coast Guard and its operations. Potential impact to Air Station Atlantic City and the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May were not known at that time.

Upon learning of the proposed cuts, LoBiondo immediately rallied with his colleagues in opposition and met with Members of the House Appropriations Committee which is charged with deciding funding levels for federal agencies.

 

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