Category: MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

Support Full FY’17 and FY’18 Funding for the Maritime Security Program

To support the full $299.997 million Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations and the full $300 million Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) as authorized by Congress in P.L. 114-113. In authorizing these amounts and thereby reaffirming strong support for…

Keeping the Maritime Security Program Funded Should be a No Brainer

These days, there’s nothing shocking about partisan hostility hindering Congress. It’s practically become the new norm. But when lawmakers are able to set aside their differences and work together, great things can happen. The Maritime Security Program (MSP) is a…

BIPARTISAN HOUSE, SENATE COALITIONS FIGHT FOR FULL MSP FUNDING

A bipartisan coalition of 85 Members of the House of Representatives and 16 Senators has called on their respective Appropriations Committees to provide Fiscal Year 2017 funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) at its fully authorized Congressional amount.  As contained…

TRANSCOM COMMANDER GENERAL DARREN McDEW WARNS

” the only way of guaranteeing we decisively meet our national objectives is with U.S. ships operated by U.S. mariners.” TWENTY-FIVE years ago today the United States completed the largest deployment of combat power since World War II. That effort…

BREAKING NEWS: CONGRESS APPROVES GREATER FUNDING FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

The House of Representatives and Senate have each passed, and the President has signed, omnibus appropriations legislation that includes much needed and significant new funding levels for the Maritime Security Program.  In the short term, the omnibus legislation increases MSP…

REPORT WARNS OF THREAT TO US FROM GROWING CHINESE FLEET

A new report prepared by political scientist Dr. Patrick Bratton and seapower historian U.S. Naval Captain (Ret.) Carl Shuster warns that the growth of the Chinese maritime fleet coupled with the decline in the U.S.-flag fleet poses severe risks to…

HOUSE HEARING: U.S-FLAG SHIPPING KEY TO NATIONAL SECURITY

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Foreign Agriculture and the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee held a joint hearing on November 17th to “explore the interaction of food aid shipping and military sealift capacity, particularly that provided by the…

Maritime Labor Supports Crude Exports, H.R. 702

With new and growing national security threats around the world – from Russia to Iran – it’s crucial that Congress continues to support policies that promote the use and trade of U.S. goods and services.  This is vital not only…

HOUSE GIVES RESOUNDING APPROVAL TO MSP FUNDING INCREASE

In an overwhelming show of support for the Maritime Security Program, the House of Representatives voted on October 9th to authorize an increase in funding levels for MSP beginning in Fiscal Year 2017.  The 306 – 109 vote came in…