President Bush Signs Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill
President Bush signed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 (H.R. 4939). In addition to funds for the named programs, the legislation provides the Coast Guard with an additional $26 million for operating expenses and the Department of Health and Human Services with $2 billion for the pandemic influenza program. An earlier version of the bill included $227 million for port security grants, but that did not survive. Source: HK Law source: HK Law
President Bush signs DHS Appropriations Act
President Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2006 (H.R. 2360). The legislation is summarized in the Fact Sheet issued by the White House. Among other things, the measure provides $4.8 billion for CBP operations; $5.5 billion for USCG operations; $933 million for the USCG Integrated Deepwater Systems program; and $175 million for port security grants. HK Law
President Bush Vetoes WRDA bill
The White House issued a statement from President Bush saying that he has vetoed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), contending that the measure was not fiscally responsible. The measure now goes back to Congress where an attempt will be made to override the veto. [Source: HK Law]
President Bush Waives Jones Act
The White House released a speech by President Bush where he stated that, as part of the government’s efforts to assist in relief from Hurricane Katrina, he has instructed Secretary of Homeland Security Chertoff to temporarily waive the requirement that oil and gasoline be transported from one U.S. port to another via U.S. coastwise-qualified ships. “Another challenge we face is that the downed pipelines are causing the need to transport gasoline to needed markets by ship. Under current law, shipping between American ports can only take place on American ships, and there are currently not enough American ships to move the oil and gasoline to where it's needed.
Navy Divers Recognized for Minneapolis Bridge Relief Efforts
Navy Diver 1st Class Joshua Harsh attached to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., prepares to leave the surface on a salvage dive in the Mississippi River. MDSU-2 is assisting other federal, state, and local authorities managing disaster and recovery efforts at the site of the I-35 bridge collapse. U.S. President George W. Bush thanked the divers of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 on Aug. 21 for their hard work during search and recovery operations at the site of the Interstate 35 bridge collapse here. President Bush arrived at the 934th Air Reserve Base aboard Air Force One. Following a briefing on the search and recovery operations with state and federal officials, Bush was escorted to a hangar bay where he met with the divers.
Keel Laying Ceremony for CVN 77
Navy tradition dictates that each ship constructed for the Navy be honored by ceremonies on four historic occasions: keel laying, christening (or launching), commissioning, and decommissioning. George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will be honored with the first of its historic occasions on Saturday, September 6, at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA. The keel laying celebrates the laying of the first timber of a ship and can be traced back to the construction of early Navy ships. The present-day ceremony maintains the tradition, but has been modified because of updated materials, technology, and shipbuilding techniques. Following the ceremony, the former President Bush will initial a nameplate to authenticate the keel that will then be welded to it.
Bush to speak at Coast Guard graduation Ceremony
President Bush will give three commencement addresses this year, including a speech on May 23 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, reported the New Times Live. The White House announced that Bush also will speak on April 28 on the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla. And on May 11, the president will speak at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. The president of the college, Jim Towey, is the former director of Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Source; News times Live
Bush Visits N.J. Port, Outlines Homeland Security Plan
President Bush visited Port Elizabeth in New Jersey today to outline new security measures detailed in the Homeland Security plan. The Bush administration recently announced more than $92 million in federal grants to maximize security measures in the ports. The Customs Service is working with overseas ports and shippers to improve its knowledge of container shipments, assessing risk so that we have a better feel of who we ought to look at, what we ought to worry about. Inspectors here can focus on high risk shipments. America will be better protected. The Port Authority of New York and Jersey has been putting together a $60 million closed-circuit TV security system, with cameras all around sensitive areas here at the port. This will strengthen our ability to safeguard these facilities.
President Bush Signs Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
President Bush signed into law the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2555). The Department of Homeland Security released a fact sheet providing a breakdown of how the total $37.6 billion appropriation is to be allocated. The President ensured that “We're better securing our borders and transportation systems while facilitating the flow of legitimate commerce. Our Container Security Initiative will allow for the screening of high-risk cargo at the world's largest ports and intercept dangerous materials before they reach our shores; supporting the efforts to strengthen our air cargo security system for passenger aircraft; to expand research on cargo screening technologies.
MMA Graduate Hugs President Bush
In a story reported by the NY Times, Gabriel Whitney says he did not plan to nearly suffocate President Bush in a bear hug. In fact, he did not plan to hug him at all. But when Mr. Whitney, one of 202 midshipmen to graduate from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., on Monday, stepped forward to receive his diploma, it just sort of happened. Call it irrational exuberance. But after six years of undergraduate school and 4,872 demerits, Mr. Whitney, 25, of Nashua, N.H., could hardly restrain himself. With more reason than most to be overjoyed, the 6-foot-7 midshipman stepped onto the stage to accept his degree and hugged Vice Adm. Joseph D. Stewart, the academy's superintendent. Then he raised both arms in a victorious salute as his classmates roared their approval.
President Bush Awards Presidential Unit Citation to Coast Guard
President George W. Bush officiated at the Commandant’s Change of Command as Admiral Thomas H. Collins retired and Admiral Thad Allen assumed command as the Commandant. In recognition of the exceptional service rendered during Hurricane Katrina, the US Coast Guard was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Source: HK Law
President Bush Delivers Commencement Address at USCGA
The White House released the text of the commencement address delivered by President George Bush at the graduation ceremony at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Source: HK Law
Northrop Grumman to Christen George H. W. Bush Carrier
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will be christened on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard. The ship's namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, is scheduled to attend the ceremony and will become the first president in the history of the shipyard's 120-year history to participate in his namesake ship's christening. President Bush's wife Barbara and their daughter, Doro Bush Koch, will also attend. Mrs. Koch serves as the ship's sponsor and will do the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship's bow during the ceremony.
President Cuts USCG Funding
The White House issued a Statement of President Bush indicating that he will refuse to spend a $5 billion package included in the 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States. The President is opposed to several of the individual expenditures in the package, including $273 million in supplemental funding for the Coast Guard. That supplemental funding is now rescinded.
National Defense Authorization Act Signed into Law
The White House said that President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986). This is a modified version of the measure that the President refused to sign at the end of 2007. The offending provision, which dealt with lawsuits for Iraqi war crimes, was materially changed. Other provisions, including those relating to operations of the Maritime Administration (MarAd) and various changes to the recent codification of Title 46, US Code (Shipping), were not altered in this modification. Source: HK Law
George H.W. Bush Visits USS Ashland
Former President George H.W. Bush visited the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) to say thank you for the crew's service, June 15. Bush and some of his family members were on vacation in when they found out that would be visiting Rhodes, while the ship was returning from the . Bush quickly adjusted his schedule and made a detour just to stop by and talk with the crew. "I want you all to know it is a joy for us to see this ship, to be on board and be able to show the respect that we have for the Navy and those who serve there in," said Bush.
President Signs Title 46 Codification Bill
President Bush signed into law H.R. 1442, which codifies the uncodified portion of Title 46, U.S. Code – Shipping. The exception relates to the Carriage of Goods at Sea Act (COGSA), which will remain uncodified. Source: HK Law
President Signs SAFE Port Act
President Bush signed into law the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954). Among other things, this bill, also known as the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006, modifies the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program by requiring the prompt issuance of TWIC cards to maritime employees and the initiation of a pilot program for installation and use of card readers. It also codifies the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Container Security Initiative (CSI) programs. Source: HK Law
President Submits MARPOL Annex VI to Senate for Approval
The White House released the Message from President Bush transmitting to the U.S. Senate the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention). The Protocol of 1997 contains the proposed Annex VI, which would, when it comes into force, establish air pollution standards for large marine diesel engines, regulate the sulfur content of marine diesel fuel, establish standards regarding emission of volatile organic compounds during certain transfer operations, and set standards regarding marine incinerators and fuel oil quality, among other things. Source: HK Law.
President Nominates Loy
The White House issued a press release stating that, among other things, President Bush has officially nominated James Loy to be the Under Secretary of Transportation for Security. Loy, who was formerly the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, has been the Acting Under Secretary since John Magaw resigned. Source: HK Law
President Signs MTS Act of 2002
In addition to signing the Homeland Security Act yesterday, President Bush also signed the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. This Act will strengthen security at the Nation's seaports by requiring comprehensive security plans for U.S. ports and mandating improved identification and screening of seaport personnel.
President Signs FY2003 Appropriations Bill
The White House issued two press releases relating to the signing by President Bush of House Joint Resolution 2, the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003. The First News Release
Continuation of National Emergency re Cuba
President Bush has continued the current national emergency regarding Cuba. This declaration provides the U.S. Coast Guard with emergency authority to regulate the anchorage and movement of vessels that may move toward Cuba. Source: HK Law