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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved H.R. 2741, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2023, which will strengthen, support, and authorize funding for the United States Coast Guard, one of the nation’s six armed services, for its critical missions to safeguard the nation’s borders, facilitate maritime commerce, and ensure maritime safety. 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Webster introduced this bipartisan legislation on April 20th, with T&I Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), T&I Committee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), and  Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Ranking Member Salud Carbajal (D-CA). The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.
“The United States Coast Guard plays a vital role in protecting our coasts, securing maritime trade by protecting our ports and waterways, responding to emergencies and disasters, and countless other missions. But recruitment challenges and insufficient budgets have stretched the Coast Guard thin at a time its services are at an ever-increasing demand. The bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act will provide the resources needed to help with readiness and the Service’s ability to carry out and meet its missions,” said Rep. Webster.  “This bill is the result of a bipartisan effort. Both sides of the aisle came together to craft legislation that recognizes the important work the Coast Guard does to protect our waters, interdict drugs, stop human trafficking, and promote maritime safety.”