Coast Guard's Role in Safeguarding Maritime Transportation: Selected Issues [June 28, 2017] [open pdf - 658KB]
"The U.S. Coast Guard is the nation's principal law enforcement authority on U.S. waters. Its missions include maritime safety and security, marine environmental protection, search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, and defense readiness. The Coast Guard's responsibilities are specified in legislation establishing the agency as well as authorization bills typically passed by Congress every one to two years and in Department of Homeland Security appropriations acts. This report discusses selected issues related to the agency's mission safeguarding maritime transportation, particularly those that have arisen in recent Coast Guard authorization or appropriations legislation or hearings. H.R. 2518, reported by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and S. 1129, reported by the Senate Commerce Committee, authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for FY2018 and FY2019 and have provisions related to the agency's safety mission, as discussed in this report."
CRS Report for Congress, R44566
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