House Passes Coast Guard Legislation That Helps Better Protect Our Shores & Benefits Its Dedicated Service Members; Ros-Lehtinen Says Everyone In S. FLA Knows Firsthand The Superb Job That The Coast Guard Does Every Day

Dec 6, 2012 Issues: Defense and National Security

House Passes Coast Guard Legislation That Helps Better Protect Our Shores & Benefits Its Dedicated Service Members; Ros-Lehtinen Says Everyone In S. FLA Knows Firsthand The Superb Job That The Coast Guard Does Every Day

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is pleased that the House approved H. Res. 825, a vital bill that reauthorizes the activities of the Coast Guard through FY2014 and includes important provisions that will benefit Coast Guard missions ranging from coastal security to drug interdiction and marine safety.

Just last year alone, the Coast Guard responded to 20,510 search and rescue cases and saved over 3,800 lives. These brave men and women also were able to intercept over 166,000 pounds of cocaine that would otherwise end up in our neighborhoods.  This legislation will ensure that the Coast Guard is equipped to carry out these vital missions and will improve an already great service, one whose men and women are at the forefront of keeping our seas safe and our shores secure.

"Ensuring that the brave Coast Guard men and women have the tools they need to effectively patrol our coasts is a significant priority. My constituents, truly everyone in South Florida, knows firsthand the superb job that the Coast Guard does every day, from saving lives in the high seas to interdicting dangerous drugs that poison our youth and destroy whole communities. I recognize the crucial need to protect our nation by strengthening the United States Coast Guard so they may continue to live up to their motto, Always Ready", said Ros-Lehtinen.

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