On May 1, 2002, the House Armed Services Committee reported H.R. 4546 out of committee on a bipartisan 57 to 1 vote. The bill authorizes $383.4 billion for the “core” of the fiscal year 2003 defense program, fully funding the President’s non-war budget request. The committee also began work on H.R. 4547, the Cost of War Against Terrorism Authorization Act, but agreed to complete consideration of the legislation at a later date. This second bill will contain the second portion of the President’s defense budget request – approximately $10 billion for items related to the cost of the war against terrorism. This two-bill approach recognizes that America's military will face unprecedented and as yet undefined challenges in the war against terrorism. The unconventional nature of this military campaign requires that Congress accordingly adjust its traditional budget process to allow for greater flexibility in financing the significant costs of these operations. Therefore, H.R. 4546 contains the base defense budget for fiscal year 2003 and largely covers the costs associated with the normal rate of investment and operations of the Department of Defense. H.R. 4547 covers the known costs of continuing Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom, as well as miscellaneous DOD incremental costs directly associated with the war on terrorism
Released on February 7, President Bush's FY 2006 proposed budget requests the highest funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program in many years. It demonstrates the Bush Administration's increasing understanding of the myriad benefits of the nation's inland waterways system and the need to nurture, not neglect, this critically important transportation system. The budget request underscores the President's goal to keep the Nation economically strong and competitive.
The Department of Homeland Security released the Statement of Secretary Ridge
The American Shipbuilding Association today calls upon congress to add money to the President’s budget for more naval ships. “It is impossible to reassure Americans of their safety and security when the President’s budget slashes funding for ships for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. This budget will plunge the fleet to a size never before witnessed in our history. Investment in America’s naval fleet has been woefully inadequate for the last decade
During the Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation hearing on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Requests for the United States Coast Guard, United States Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission, Chairman Elijah E. Cummings made the following opening statement: “The Subcommittee convenes today to examine the fiscal year 2010 budget requests for the Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission, and the federal Maritime Administration.
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the FY 2011 Budget for the Coast Guard, the Maritime Administration, and the Federal Maritime Commission. The Subcommittee noted that budget request for FY 2011 represented a 0.4% decrease for the Coast Guard; a 3% decrease for MARAD; and a 5.8% increase for the FMC. Committee Chair James Oberstar (D - MN) expressed great concern regarding the projected
The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has requested $2.9 billion in total budget authority for fiscal year 2001, a 20 percent increase, about $500 million over the current budget. In the year when NOAA is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, the requested increase will allow the agency to continue a mission critical to all Americans, to assess and predict the weather and changes to our earth's climate and to preserve and protect our coastal and living marine
As the inland waterways industry looks back on 2006 and forward to 2007, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) offers the following highlights and areas of focus: • President Bush’s FY 2007 proposed budget requested a record level of federal funding for 11 Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF)-financed projects. The budget request proposed FY ’07 spending of $394 million for Inland Waterways Trust Fund financed projects, of which $197 million would come from the dedicated Inland Waterways Trust
The Bush Administration announced major budget increases totaling more than $140 million to support coastal and marine conservation efforts in Fiscal Year 2008, and released the administration's Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy. U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality James L. Connaughton, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr
With a budget designed to increase America’s energy security by expanding the nation’s energy portfolio and ensuring a fair return for these public resources, the President has proposed $364.8m in funding for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in fiscal year 2011. While this represents an increase of $16.5m from the 2010 enacted level, the request reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and the prudent investment of taxpayer dollars.
General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), won a contract by the U.S. Navy for the detailed design and construction of the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis class (TAO-205), previously known as the TAO(X). This contract is for the construction of six ships
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Matthew Lake assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard on July 1, 2016. He is the 42nd Commanding Officer in the 117-year history of the yard, the only shipbuilding and major ship repair facility of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) has been misused and underutilized for years, leaving U.S. ports and harbors in subpar conditions and disadvantaging the very shippers that pay to modernize and maintain them – to the tune of nearly $2 billion per year. In May, the U.S
A coalition of 75 members of the House of Representatives called on President Trump to fully fund harbor maintenance programs in his upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. The letter, available here, noted that the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) called for FY18
In reviewing the $1.15 trillion amount in the U.S. House-Senate conference agreement released last night for the fiscal 2016 omnibus appropriations bill (HR 2029), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in America—noted that
WCI today applauded the work of negotiators to reach a final agreement last night for an FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program under the Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill
The U.S. Coast Guard released a proposed acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy U.S. icebreakers that could cost $1 billion each and said it would meet with interested companies during an industry day in March. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft told an event
Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said today it is encouraged by the potential of significant gains for landside freight transportation programs
Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) reacted to the FY 2017 budget request made by President Obama earlier today, as detailed below. The Budget • proposes $4.620 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, a 29.8% cut from the $5
The Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware, the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware, and the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay applaud the inclusion of a $4.6 million request for aids to navigation, or ATONs, in President Obama’s FY17 U
The U.S. Coast Guard’s “number one priority is the offshore patrol cutter,” the service’s commandant told the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Thursday, reports U.S. Naval Institute. The service will be looking again at its force-mix
Adm. Zukunft: “If you take the mariners away, what is the world going to look like 10 years from now? If we don’t have a US fleet or US shipyard to constitute that fleet, how do we prevail?” The House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing
The Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) praised the bipartisan leadership of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senate Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and
Shipbuilders Council: Proposed Budget Enables Naval Forward Presence and Protects U.S. National Security Interests. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today recognized the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee for its robust markup of the 2017 shipbuilding budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships.