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Marine Log

February 26, 2008

House panel holds hearing on USCG and MARAD budgets

The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing today on the FY 2009 Budget requests for the Coast Guard and Maritime Administration.

A hearing on the FMC budget originally planned for today will now be held in March.

Most of the focus was on the Coast Guard--including the extent to which its maritime safety mission has been overshadowed by its homeland security obligations and what the Coast Guard is doing to restore balance.

Interestingly, Ranking Republican Steve LaTourette raised the issue of the MARAD request yet again underfunding Title XI

You can follow the links to read the various prepared statements--but cut to the chase and watch the HEARING VIDEO which includes the question and answer part of the proceedings.

Opening Statements

Committee on Transporation and Infrastructure Chairman James L. Oberstar

Subcommittee Chairman Elijah Cummings

Steve LaTourette, Subcommittee Ranking Republican

Witness Testimonies

Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr.

Master Chief Petty Officer Charles W. Bowen

Mr. Sean Connaughton

HEARING VIDEO

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