Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) led Republicans in the House as the chamber passed the bipartisan Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act this week.
"The Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act--named in honor of the late Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and longtime champion of the Coast Guard--will ensure that the Service has the resources needed to protect our borders, intercept illegal drugs and migrants, support navigation and commerce, and safeguard those at sea," Graves (R-MO) said. "This bill will help provide the Coast Guard with vital assets to support their mission, such as an additional National Security Cutter and six more Fast Response Cutters, and it includes a provision championed by Don Young to allow the Coast Guard to keep Russian vessels out of U.S. waters during the ongoing Ukraine crisis--all of which will help ensure our Coast Guard is prepared for its current and future role in securing our Nation."
The bill authorizes Coast Guard programs for another two years.
The Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act is named in honor of the late Rep. Don Young (R-AK). Congressman Young was formerly the Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was the longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives until his passing while returning home to Alaska earlier this month. Congressman Graves expressed his condolences to Congressman Young's family and recognized his years of service to Alaska and our country upon hearing of his passing.
You can watch Ranking Member Graves' full remarks on the House below: