09/16/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2022 15:31
WASHINGTON, DC -Bipartisan legislation to reauthorize funding for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) - including provisions led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to protect the Great Lakes - advanced in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, on which Peters serves. Peters additionally serves as the Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports. The legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
"This bipartisan bill will help ensure the Coast Guard has the support and resources they need to effectively carry out their mission," said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senate Great Lakes Task Force. "I'm also proud the bill includes provisions I led to strengthen our preparedness against oil spills in freshwater bodies, particularly the Great Lakes, and secures additional funding for the Great Lakes Center of Expertise I enacted to support USCG's work to protect the Great Lakes in the event of a spill, which we know would be catastrophic for our environment and economy. I look forward to continue working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to pass this legislation into law."
The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 includes the following provisions Peters co-led:
Peters has long championed efforts in Congress to strengthen the Great Lakes. In 2019, Peters secured a bipartisan provisionthat was signed into law to provide the first increase in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding since the program was established a decade ago. To build on that progress, Peters helped enact the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which included $1 billion for the GLRI - a historic investment and largest funding ever for the program. Additionally, Peters' bipartisan bill to update the Environmental Sensitivity Maps for the Great Lakes was signed into law last year. These new maps will provide more accurate assessments of coastal resources that are at risk of severe damage or a natural disaster, including endangered and threatened species, sensitive shoreline habitats, and widely used community resources such as beaches, parks, and boat ramps.