Coast Guard Spending Bill Named After Frank LoBiondo Heads to President Trump's Desk

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Honored by his fellow representatives, Congressman Frank LoBiondo is making the most of his last days in office and continuing his promise to serve members of the United States Coast Guard.

On Wednesday, November 28th, Congress’ approved the newly named Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018.

The legislation, which was approved by the Senate 94 to 6 prior to Thanksgiving, authorizes $7.9 billion for operating expenses and $2.6 billion for construction, renovation, and facilities improvement.

It also authorizes active duty of 43,000 personnel for the fiscal year 2018 and over 44,000 personnel for the fiscal year 2019.

LoBiondo says this new legislation will allow the Coast Guard to continue their outstanding work and he is honored to have been able to serve them in Congress for the last 24 years.

"It's an honor to have represented the coast guard's only recruit training center in the nation, which is in my district," said LoBiondo. "It's an honor to have represented the Coast Guard Air Station in Atlantic City, which is the largest helicopter station that the Coast Guard has and most of all to recognize the men and women of the Coast Guard, which this bill will benefit and there are very few issues which have been so bipartisan across the board in my time here in Congress. When I first came, I didn't really understand the commitment that the men and women of the Coast Guard continue to make for our nation. Always being asked to do more and given less to do it. In many respects, I wish we could have done more over the years but to be able to move forward with a bill like this that's so bipartisan I think speaks to our commitment as a legislative body to the men and women that we owe so much to, that protect our country."

The Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 will now head to President Donald Trump for final approval.

LoBiondo retires from Congress in January after serving as the Second District Congressman for 24 years.

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