Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3619 - Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for
H.R. 3619 - Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Listed in Alphabetical Order
Oct 21, 200910:42 AM

Boren (OK)


Would provide for an alternative licensing program for operators of uninspected passenger vessels on Lake Texoma in Texas and Oklahoma upon request of the Texas or Oklahoma Governors.

Butterfield (NC)


Would require the Coast Guard's study of biometric identification to include facial and iris scan technology. It also would require the Homeland Security Secretary to study the Coast Guard's use of the combination of facial and iris recognition to rapidly identify individuals for security purposes. It states the purpose of the study is to facilitate the use of a combination of facial and iris recognition.

Butterfield (NC)


Would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study on the benefits, financial, and logistical feasibility of establishing a Coast Guard base in Bermuda to assist the Bermudan government with drug interdiction and maritime law enforcement.

Butterfield (NC)


Would amend section 1109, Port Security Pilot, by including the use of autonomous maritime navigational systems in the pilot.

Capps (CA)


Would require the secretary of the Department the Coast Guard is in to report to Congress on the most common types of human errors that have led to oil spills from vessels, the most common types of “near miss” oil spill incidents, and includes recommendations to address these errors. It would also require the secretary to use the findings of the report to take appropriate action domestically and at the International Maritime Organization to reduce the risk of oil spills caused by human error.

Castor (FL)


Would direct the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to prohibit states or political subdivision thereof from requiring separate security background checks for transportation security cards. It also permits the Secretary to waive the application of the prohibition if a compelling homeland security reason necessitates a separate security background check.

Castor (FL)


Would narrow the federal navigation channel in the Hillsborough River, Florida, by 100 feet.

Cuellar (TX)


Would provide that, in conducting mission analysis along the Rio Grande under section 1324, the Secretary shall work with all appropriate entities, as needed, to facilitate the collection of information.

Dahlkemper (PA)


Revised Would require the Great Lakes Maritime Institute to evaluate the employment base supported by the Great Lakes marine transportation system, including the number and types of jobs, and general demographics about the employees holding those jobs, such as their gender and age.

Flake, Jeff (AZ)


Would prohibit earmarking the Fishing Safety Training Grants Program.

Flake, Jeff (AZ)


Would prohibit earmarking the Fishing Safety Research Training Grants Program.

Harman (CA)


Would require the secretary of the Department the Coast Guard is operating into assess whether the use of transponders or RFIDs can be used to mitigate the threat of small boat attacks in major ports.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would request a study and report examining the Coast Guard's ability to respond to effects resulting from changes in U.S. immigration policy toward Haiti.

Hill (IN)


Would restore the exemption from the fire-retardant materials construction requirement for marine vessels operating within the Boundary Line through November 1, 2018.

Himes (CT)


Revised Would establish within the Department of Homeland Security the America’s Waterway Watch Program, a citizen watch program that promotes voluntary reporting of suspected terrorist activity and suspicious behavior along our waterways. It would authorize $3 million over the course of six years for the program. The Secretary would coordinate with other watch programs. The Secretary may also develop instructional materials on potential threats and to promote voluntary reporting of potential violations of law, and may distribute such materials.

Inslee (WA)


Would require the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to promulgate regulations to reduce the risks of oil spills in operations involving the transfer of oil from or to a tank vessel. The regulations would not preclude the enforcement of an State law or regulation the requirements of which are at least as stringent as requirements under the regulations that apply to State waters, do not conflict with the regulations, and have been in effect before the date of enactment.

Inslee (WA)


Would encourage the Secretary of State to enter into negotiations with Canada to ensure that tugboat escorts are required for certain tank ships in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, and in Haro Strait. The Secretary would consult with the Coast Guard, which shall consult with the State of Washington and affected tribal governments.

Kirkpatrick (AZ)


Would require that the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the illicit flow of narcotics, weapons, bulk cash, and other contraband through the use of submersible and semi-submersible vessels.

Kratovil (MD)


Would require the Coast Guard to study the facility infrastructure requirements needed to fulfill the Coast Guard's missions and capabilities, and ensure that the department in which the Coast Guard is operating maintains the ability to utilize the latest technologies.

LoBiondo (NJ), Cole (OK)


Would grant limits on liability for actions taken by an owner, operator, time charterer, master or mariner to defend a U.S. flagged vessel against attack by pirates. It also requires the secretary of the Department the Coast Guard is in to work through the International Maritime Organization to establish agreements to promote coordinated action among flag- and port-states to protect against piracy.

LoBiondo (NJ), Coble (NC)


Would require the secretary of the Department the Coast Guard is operating in to study military family housing and military unaccompanied housing available to members and officers of the Coast Guard, would authorize the Coast Guard to spend funds on child development services, would authorize the Navy Secretary to provide support services to chaplain-led programs for Coast Guard members, would authorize the President to award a Coast Guard cross and silver star when a Coast Guard member distinguishes himself or herself in armed conflict.

LoBiondo (NJ)


Would require the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Transportation Secretary, to study whether there is a continued need for a supplemental air and maritime navigation system as a backup to GPS.

Mica (FL)


Would require a GAO report on (1) the background checks and forms of identification required under State and local transportation security programs; (2) a determination of whether those requirements conflict with Federal programs; (3) a determination of whether those requirements assist in carrying out state and local government safety, security and law enforcement responsibilities; and (4) recommendations on ways to minimize redundant background checks and facilitate the sharing of data with state and local governments. It would also prohibit the secretary of the Department the Coast Guard is in from preventing a State or local government from requiring a separate background check for entry into any area covered by a vessel or facility security plan.

Nye (VA)


Would state that the marine safety provisions of the bill shall not impair the Coast Guard's homeland security missions.

Oberstar (MN)


Would (1) make a number of technical corrections to the bill; (2) add language regarding contracting with small and disadvantaged businesses; (3) add language regarding the delegation of authority by the Coast Guard to classification societies; (4) clarify language regarding the enforcement of Coast Guard-imposed security zones around hazardous materials terminals and tankers; and (5) address discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels.

Peters (MI)


Would require that the GAO report to Congress on the Coast Guard's efforts to recruit minority candidates to the Coast Guard Academy, which would include recommendations for enhancing such efforts.

Pingree (ME), Michaud (ME)


Would extend for two years, through December 31, 2011, an authorization to complete an in-kind exchange of certain Coast Guard property in Portland, Maine, to the Gulf of Maine Aquarium Development Corporation. It also would provide that a new building adjacent to the pier and bulkhead must comply with the waterfront provisions of the City of Portland Code of Ordinances.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Would require the Secretary to allow any individual with a pending application for a transportation security card, who needs to work in secure area, to have access to such area for that purpose through an escort by another individual with a security card. It also contains timelines for reviews of transportation security card applications. The Secretary shall develop a process for individuals to receive the cards at their residence. The Secretary shall establish procedures for individuals who are to be fingerprinted for transportation security cards to be fingerprinted at facilities operated by or under contract with the relevant Federal agency that engages in fingerprinting the public for transportation security or other security purposes.

Scott, Bobby (VA)


Would amend the Death on High Seas Act to apply to maritime victims who die on the high seas due to a wrongful act or negligence, expand the definition of non-pecuniary loss to include the decedent's pre-death pain and suffering and clarifies that the Death on High Seas Act does not apply to deaths occurring within the territorial waters of the United States.

Stupak (MI)


Would require the Coast Guard to modify the 2004 Agreement for Outgoing Loans with Presque Isle Township, Michigan, in order to provide for the return of the Historic Fresnel Lens to the lantern room atop the Presque Isle Light Station Lighthouse, Michigan.

Taylor (MS)


Would amend the Jones Act concerning coastwise privileges for vessels rebuilt outside of the United States and provide that a vessel is deemed to have been rebuilt in the United States only if the fabrication, construction, and addition of any major component of the vessel's hull or superstructure was done in the United States. The clarification would not apply to any vessel that had worked performed in a foreign shipyard and that was redelivered before January 1, 2009.