Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014by Representative Edward R. Royce
Posted on 2014-12-03
ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I want to recognize the efforts of the
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Its leadership should be
commended for this bipartisan effort to strengthen the Coast Guard in a
time of heightened security threats to the United States.
The Foreign Affairs Committee has been working in a bipartisan way to reform international food assistance, so I particularly appreciate the fact that this legislation does not include a provision that would have raised the cargo preference requirements for these programs from 50 percent to 75 percent. A provision like this would cost U.S. taxpayers millions more and slow lifesaving assistance by months.
Lives are at stake, and I appreciate that the committee heard our view, and I also appreciate the assurances provided by the Transportation Committee that nothing in section 321 will drastically alter the existing consultation requirements for enforcement of cargo preference. I also understand that nothing in the bill will have the effect of raising cargo preference above an annual global threshold of 50 percent, particularly for the Food for Peace program.
[[Page H8305]] Again, congratulations to Chairman Hunter and his colleagues for crafting this important legislation and also Mr. Coble and Mr. Rahall for their work.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, may I have a time check, please.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from West Virginia has 10 minutes remaining. The gentleman from California has 9\1/2\ minutes remaining.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Washington (Mr. Larsen), the distinguished ranking member of our Subcommittee on Aviation.