The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation conducts oversight of the United States Coast Guard, the Service responsible for enforcing the Nation’s laws on waters under U.S. jurisdiction and on the high seas. The Coast Guards many missions include search and rescue, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, oil spill prevention and response, maritime safety and security, maintaining aids to navigation, icebreaking, and enforcement of U.S. fisheries and marine pollution laws.
The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over regulation of ocean shipping and the merchant marine, except as it relates to national security.
In the 115th Congress, one of the Subcommittee’s priorities is legislation to authorize the Coast Guard’s programs and to support and strengthen the important missions of one of the Nation’s five armed services. A 21st century American infrastructure and transportation network includes a vibrant and efficient maritime transportation system. A well-equipped and focused Coast Guard will be necessary to support it.
Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee include: