Securing the Nation's Ports and Maritime Border -- A Review of the Coast Guard's Post-9/11 Homeland Security Missions, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, June 14, 2011   [open pdf - 277KB]

From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "For most of this year, this subcommittee has appropriately focused on securing the Nation's borders, both at and between the ports of entry. But the border isn't just the desert or along the Mexican border, or even along the Northern border. […] I want to focus on a very often overlooked, but just as vital issue and that is port and maritime security, and the changing role of the U.S. Coast Guard since September 11. […] Men and women of the Coast Guard serve off the coast of Iraq, and help to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden. Even before 9/11, the Coast Guard had its hands full with its 11 statutory missions like marine safety, ice breaking, search and rescue, and aids to navigation. But since September 11, we have loaded up the Coast Guard with additional responsibility and asked them specifically to focus resources on port and maritime security. This committee has jurisdiction of the Coast Guard as it relates to port and maritime security and today we will conduct our oversight on how the Coast Guard has been additionally missioned and if they have been adequately and appropriately funded and resourced. In fact, the number of hours spent on ports, waterways, and coastal security has increased by more than 900 percent since 9/11. Admiral Papp has taken a look at these figures and earlier this year he reported that the service may need, as he said, to reduce the number and range of capabilities added since 9/11 until properly resourced." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Benni G. Thompson, Robert J. Papp, Jr., Peter T. King, Michael T. McCaul, Benjamin Quayle, Scott Rigell, Jeff Duncan, Jeff Duncan, Loretta Sanchez, and Sheila Jackson Lee.

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Senate Hearing 112-31; S. Hrg. 112-31
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