President Trump Signs The Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act

President Trump Signs The Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act
President Trump Signs The Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act: President Donald J. Trump signs S.140 The Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Washington, DC – -( On Tuesday, Dec. 4, President Donald J. Trump signed S. 140, the “Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018,” into law.

This legislation authorizes funding for the United States Coast Guard through fiscal year 2019 and supports its plans to recapitalize and modernize its assets to carry out its critical missions.

Specifically, the bill authorizes $7.9 billion for Coast Guard operating expenses and $2.6 billion for procurement, construction, renovation, and facilities improvement in fiscal year 2019. For fiscal year 2018, $12.1 billion was appropriated to the Coast Guard, a $1.7 billion increase from fiscal year 2017. President Trump and his Administration remain committed to prioritizing policies that strengthen and ready our military.

The following individuals were in attendance:

The White House

  • President Donald J. Trump
  • General John Kelly, Chief of Staff
  • Derek Lyons, White House Staff Secretary
  • Shahira Knight, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Doug Fears, Deputy Assistant to the President and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor
  • Paul Miller, Deputy Senior Director for Legislative Affairs, National Security Council

Trump Administration

  • Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security
  • Chad Wolf, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Members of Congress

  • Sen. Roger Wicker, MS
  • Rep. Frank LoBiondo, NJ
  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, MO
  • Rep. Brian Mast, FL
  • Rep. Mike Rogers, AL
  • Rep. Bill Shuster, PA
  • Rep. Jason Smith, MO
  • Rep. Don Young, AK
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, OR

United States Coast Guard

  • Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard
  • Master Chief Jason Vanderhaden, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
  • CDR Michael R. Sinclair, Legal, USCG
  • CDR Jessica Styron, Congressional Affairs, USCG
  • Mr. Nicholas Resendes, Legislative Counsel, USCG
  • LCDR Luke Petersen, Congressional Affairs, USCG
  • Scott Austin, Military Fellow, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
  • Justin Smith, Aide to Commandant
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Jim Robinson

The men AND women know how to use those weapons!


Who is Frank Lobiondo?

Tom lowndes

congressmen or Senator from South Jersey


What are the new construction goals and how will they be met? Ships, vessels, radars, weapons??

Paul Powell

The USCG is having to replace its aging fleet with newer vessels and equipment, the newer ships are better and faster than the older ships, the equipment is better, the aircraft are lighter and therefore have more range for doing rescues at sea, and since the ships are multi faceted, they make going after drug smugglers a bit easier. And yes the US COAST GUARD ships are still armed and the men know how to use those weapons systems.