FRA Statement on Coast Guard Budget
The FRA recently provided a statement regarding the proposed FY 2013 Coast Guard budget to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Subcommittee, in conjunction with the subcommittee’s hearing on the Coast Guard budget. The FRA statement included a call for Coast Guard funding parity with Department of Defense (DoD) personnel programs, which remains a high priority for FRA. The statement also notes continuing challenges within the Coast Guard to adequately fund previously-authorized programs and FRA’s deep concern about the impact “sequestration” (automatic cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act) will have on Coast Guard programs, unless Congress intervenes before January 2013.
Other issues in the statement include adequate housing, access to child care, and sufficient end strength for operational commitments. Click here to read FRA's statement.