Benishek Votes to Fund Coast Guard

Press Release

Date: May 19, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The House of Representatives voted yesterday in support of H.R. 1987, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015. This bill authorizes $8.7 billion in funding for the Coast Guard in the Fiscal Year 2016. Due to the work of Congressman Benishek, a number of key provisions in this legislation will help Northern Michigan.

"With more miles of Great Lakes shoreline than any district in the country, Northern Michigan families and businesses depend on the brave men and women of Coast Guard to keep our lakes safe and open to commerce. This bill delivers on the priorities for our community, and I look forward to its passage in the Senate," said Dr. Benishek.

Specifically, money has been provided to design a new Coast Guard icebreaker for the Great Lakes. Further, a provision will require that future marine sanctuaries follow the process used by the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary that incorporates public input and balances the industrial needs of the area with environmental protection.