WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., A rank member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today introduced the Enduring Support for Our Coast Guard Act (USCG). The legislation would ensure Coast Guard personnel are paid in the event of a government shutdown and increase funding to clear the backlog ashore by 2025. The USCG would also lead a new fleet composition analysis, would require an updated shore infrastructure plan would improve the Coast Guard. diversity and inclusion, and provide funding to modernize the Coast Guard site.
“Over the past decade, the Coast Guard has taken on more missions to detect, deter and disrupt threats to our seas and homeland, but it remains underfunded and lacks the necessary resources,” said Wicker. “My bill would give the Coast Guard the certainty, funding and authority it needs to fulfill its ever-increasing responsibility for our national security. I look forward to working with my colleagues to build support for this vital branch of the U.S. military. “
- Provide compensation and allowances to Coast Guard members during a funding gap;
- Authorize and ensure that it is the policy of the United States to provide full funding to address the Coast Guard’s shore-based maintenance backlog, currently $ 2.6 billion;
- Direct the Commander to conduct an updated Fleet Composition Analysis to meet the emerging needs of the Mission and any proposed Coast Guard missions and develop an updated Shore-Based Infrastructure Plan to accommodate updated fleet composition account;
- Establish a program to increase the number of under-represented minorities in the enlisted ranks of the Coast Guard through partnerships with minority service institutions and existing Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs; and
- Provide funds to modernize the Coast Guard yard.
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