House passes Vella-Wilkinson resolution urging Congress to fund Coast Guard during shutdown
STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a resolution (2019-H 5135) introduced by Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) calling on Congress to pass legislation to fund the United States Coast Guard during the current federal government shutdown.
“The Coast Guard plays such a vital role — particularly here in the Ocean State,” said Representative Vella-Wilkinson, a retired naval officer who serves on Congressman James Langevin’s Military Advisory Board. “Their work in search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, environmental protection and national security is an essential function. If something isn't done soon, these brave members of the Coast Guard will not get paid and they and their families will face difficult times, with many unable to pay their bills or put food on the table.”
Congressman Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) submitted the legislation would provide funding during the shutdown. The Rhode Island House resolution calls for its passage and for the President to sign the measure.
The United States Coast Guard currently has 40,912 men and women on active duty, 7,000 reservists, 31,000 auxiliarists, and 8,577 full-time civilian employees for a combined workforce of 87,569. In a typical day for the United States Coast Guard, they will conduct 109 search and rescue missions, save ten lives, assist 192 persons in distress, protect $2.8 million dollars in United States property, and seize 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine.
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