Sunday, May 2, 2010

Obama 2011 Budget Slashes US Coast Guard Funding

Wrong-headed priorities. While the 2011 budget cuts have had no impact on the current Coast Guard response effort in the Gulf of Mexico, these cuts can only have significant deleterious effects on future efforts. Mr. Obama is already coming under righteous fire for botching the response and politicking instead of leading. What sense does it make to cut the funding of one of our most important security arms?

This country needs less government intrusion into the private sector and more funding for national defense.

The FY 2011 budget proposal reviewed today by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee slashes more than 1,100 positions, reduces Coast Guard, maritime and security assets, and decommissions five recently refurbished helicopters.

“It’s outrageous that the Administration would propose cutting the Coast Guard budget to this degree when it is our first line of national defense and maritime security,” said U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republican Leader.

Obama Coast Guard Budget Courts Disaster - Cape May County Herald