DHS Secretary Says USCG Budget Is Not Big Enough
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) General John Kelly testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee this week. He discussed the DHS budget and his agency’s efforts to keep Americans safe from any terrorist attack or other external threats. During the hearing Committee Chairman Senator Ron Johnson (Wis.) asked about the U.S. Coast Guard budget. The DHS Secretary said the Coast Guard is an amazing organization and its budget is not big enough. The agency needs to re-capitalize and some of their equipment is so old that “it just limps along.”
The Trump Administration’s FY2018 budget request substantially increases the Armed Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force) spending. The U.S. Coast Guard does not get a corresponding increase in their budget request.
Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their legislators to provide U.S. Coast Guard funding parity with the Department of Defense (DoD).