President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 25, 2015 [open pdf - 802KB]
This testimony compilation is from the February 25, 2015 hearing, "President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. From the opening statement of Chairman Duncan Hunter: "The President sent Congress a budget that would increase spending by nearly $75 billion over the FY2016 spending cap. As a result, most federal agencies are slated to receive generous increases in spending over current levels, including a nearly 20 percent increase for the Maritime Administration and a 7 percent increase for the Federal Maritime Commission. Yet somehow, even with an additional $75 billion, the President still proposes to cut funding for the Coast Guard. This time by 4 percent below the current level. The request would slash the Coast Guard's acquisition budget by 26 percent. The proposed level is at least a billion less than what is required to sustain the acquisition program of record. It will severely undermine efforts to recapitalize the Service's aging and failing legacy assets, increase acquisition costs for taxpayers, and seriously degrade mission effectiveness. […] I encourage the Chairman to continue to find ways to operate the Commission as efficiently as possible. Our nation is facing a very tough budget climate and the President's unrealistic request only makes things harder." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul Zukunft, Steven Cantrell, Paul Jaenichen, and Mario Cordero.
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: http://transport.house.gov/