December 23, 2022

Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Applaud President Biden for Signing the Coast Guard Authorization Act and Safer Seas Act Into Law

Washington, D.C. – Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) released the following statements after President Biden signed the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 into law, which included the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 and the Safer Seas Act of 2022:
“I thank President Biden for signing the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 into law today. Named in honor of Representative Don Young, who sadly passed away this spring, this legislation will provide the resources the Coast Guard needs to carry out its critical missions, including keeping communities safe, supporting our ports and waterways, enforcing the law at sea, and maintaining defense readiness. This year’s reauthorization will also expand Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic by funding a third Polar Security Cutter and an icebreaker—a timely investment amid today’s evolving geopolitical landscape in the region,” Chair DeFazio said. “In addition, I am pleased to see the Safer Seas Act signed into law, which will help curb sexual violence in the maritime industry and protect survivors when incidents occur. Together, these laws will strengthen U.S. security and improve the maritime industry.” 
“As Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m proud to see our two committees work together to get our Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 included and signed into law as a part of the final FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act,” Chair Carbajal said. “In tandem with our defense policy bill that includes critical support for our servicemembers and military families, our bipartisan measure makes sure we have the backs of the Coasties who wake up every day with a broad range of critical missions that keep our seas and shores safe. I’m proud once again to see a bipartisan majority of the House come together to approve the resources needed to keep our Coast Guard functioning.”