Cunningham Helps Pass the Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

July 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) voted to pass the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that authorizes funds the United States Coast Guard and ensures members of the Coast Guard are treated fairly should the government shut down. The Coast Guard was the only branch of the U.S military not paid for their critical and continuing operations during the partial government shutdown at the beginning of this year. This bill will ensure that, if other armed services are paid during any lapse in appropriations, the Coast Guard will also be paid.

“The United States Coast Guard works tirelessly to ensure maritime safety, interdict drugs, provide emergency and disaster response, and keep coastal communities across the Lowcountry safe. This bipartisan legislation helps ensure they have the resources necessary to carry out their mission,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “The brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our coastlines should never bear the burden of political dysfunction and I’m proud we’re making sure their livelihoods are never again taken hostage.”

Improving quality of life for members of the Coast Guard is one of Cunningham’s top priorities in Congress. Earlier this month, he secured an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would expand eligibility to the DoD’s My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program, which provides military spouses pursuing a degree or certification up to $4,000 of financial assistance to spouses of servicemembers in the Coast Guard. During the partial government shutdown earlier this year, Cunningham cosponsored the ‘Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019’, bipartisan legislation that would ensure active duty and reserve Coast Guard members were paid during the duration of the shutdown.