DoD 2013 Budget

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Several recent Congressional hearings have highlighted bipartisan concerns that proposed budget reductions would reduce the Coast Guard discretionary spending approximately 4 percent to $8.3 billion. The administration’s budget suggests the expanding missions required of the Coast Guard can be achieved with fewer resources. Despite assurances from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, that the budget proposal is adequate, House and Senate members expressed their concerns on the level of funding. Senators expressed concern that funding is postponing the building of another new Security Cutter and the amount requested in support of building a new Arctic icebreaker is too low to meet the time table to build a new one in five years. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said, “The Coast Guard is just a tremendous asset for the nation and we keep giving them more and more responsibilities.” She also said she did not have all the answers but the committee would be focusing on ensuring the Coast Guard has sufficient funding. [Source: NAUS Weekly Update 16 Mar 2012 ++]


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