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Mucarsel-Powell Votes to Support the Coast Guard, Improve Aviation Safety, and Protect Local Water Quality
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Everglades Caucus, voted via voice vote to advance several bipartisan measures to the floor of the House for final passage, including legislation to ensure Coast Guard members receive their pay in case of a future government shutdown, and legislation to require a report on the threats of climate change on Coast Guard installations.
“Advocating for our Coast Guard and fighting the devastating effects of climate change will always be my priority, and today I’m proud that two of my votes were to ensure our hard-working Coast Guard’s pay isn’t held hostage by Washington politics and to prepare our installations against the threat of climate change,” said Mucarsel-Powell. “Additionally, I am proud to have voted for greater disaster assistance, to improve our aviation safety, and to protect our sources of local water from pollution and toxic chemicals. I am eager for these bills to receive the same bipartisan support when they pass soon.”
Mucarsel-Powell also voted for the Aviation Funding Stability Act, Notice to Airmen Improvement Act, Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act, Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act, legislation to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief, the Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that unmet needs after a major disaster are met, and the Local Water Protection Act.
The legislation passed today out of Committee includes:
H.R. 367 – Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019
H.R. 367 provides continuing appropriations to the U.S. Coast Guard to compensate them for their time during which interim or full-year appropriations for the Coast Guard are not in effect.
H.R.1322 – To require a report on the effects of Climate Change on the Coast Guard
H.R. 1322 directs the United States Coast Guard to submit a report on vulnerabilities of Coast Guard installations and requirements resulting from climate change over the next 20 years.
H.R. 1108 – Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019
H.R. 1108 protects Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and personnel, and the U.S. aviation industry as a whole, in the event of a future lapse in the agency’s appropriations. This bipartisan bill has 138 cosponsors.
H.R. 1775– Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2019
H.R. 1775 requires the FAA to establish a task force―composed of representatives from airlines, labor, and general and business aviation, as well as aviation safety and human factors experts―to review existing methods for presenting Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). Recommendations from the task force seek to improve the presentation of information in NOTAMs and ensure their accuracy and completeness.
H.R. 1331 – Local Water Protection Act
H.R. 1331 provides appropriations for the nonpoint source management grants program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nonpoint source water pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from many diffuse sources, including runoff from farms, managed forests, and urban areas. This runoff can carry pollutants, such as fertilizers and sediment from fields, toxins from abandoned mines, and oils and heavy metals from roads, into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.