An Act to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2013 through 2014, and for other purposes. Read More


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on Dec 20, 2012.


Date Introduced
Sep 2, 2011


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To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 through 2015, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title. TITLE I--AUTHORIZATION

Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations. Sec. 102. Authorized levels of military strength and training. TITLE II--COAST GUARD AND SERVICEMEMBER PARITY

Sec. 201. Academy emoluments. Sec. 202. Policy on sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sec. 203. Appointments of permanent commissioned officers. Sec. 204. Minor construction. Sec. 205. Treatment of reports of aircraft accident investigations. Sec. 206. Acquisition workforce expedited hiring authority. Sec. 207. Coast Guard housing report. TITLE III--COAST GUARD REFORM

Sec. 301. Repeals. Sec. 302. Interference with Coast Guard transmissions. Sec. 303. National security cutters. Sec. 304. Major acquisitions report. Sec. 305. Environmental compliance and restoration backlog. Sec. 306. Coast Guard auxiliarist enrollment eligibility. Sec. 307. Decommissionings. Sec. 308. Assessment of needs for additional coast guard presence in high latitude regions. Sec. 309. Limitation on expenditures. TITLE IV--SHIPPING AND NAVIGATION

Sec. 401. Committee on the Marine Transportation System. Sec. 402. Report on determinations. Sec. 403. Dockside examinations. Sec. 404. Investigation of marine casualties. Sec. 405. Recourse for noncitizens. Sec. 406. Maritime liens on fishing permits. Sec. 407. Short sea transportation. Sec. 408. Mission of the Maritime Administration....

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The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 2838 because it includes a provision that would require the Coast Guard to decommission the icebreaker USCGC POLAR STAR. The Administration has requested, and Congress has appropriated, funds to reactivate the USCGC POLAR STAR by December 2012 and extend that vessel’s service life for seven to 10 years. This effort will stabilize the United States’ existing polar fleet until long-term icebreaking capability requirements are finalized. By directing the Commandant to decommission the USCGC POLAR STAR within three years, the bill would effectively reduce the vessel’s service life to two years and create a significant gap in the Nation’s icebreaking capacity. The Administration supports Title II (Coast Guard and Servicemember Parity), which would promote parity between the Coast Guard and the other branches of the armed forces. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to improve H.R. 2838 as the bill moves through the legislative process.

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Bill Summary

An Act to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2013 through 2014, and for other purposes.

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