Disaster Response Bill Includes $526M for the Coast Guard

Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Shane Gunderson and Investigative Service agent Bobby Brisby deliver relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

DefenseNews is reporting that a $13.45B disaster relief aid package would include $2B for the military with $526M going to the Coast Guard.

“For the Coast Guard, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security, there is $526 million to repair and upgrade facilities damaged by recent disasters, and provide for response and recovery operations costs.”

Since the recent string of disasters has inflicted a double whammy on the Coast Guard, both raising operating costs and damaging infrastructure, passage of the bill would be most welcomed. Something to watch.

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