Inhofe Votes for Senate Passage of Coast Guard Reauthorization

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted for the passage of the Coast Guard reauthorization and Vessel Incidental Discharge Act yesterday:

“Oklahoma is an inland state, but that doesn’t mean the Coast Guard reauthorization isn’t important for our citizens. This bill includes a provision I authored that will support economic activity at our inland ports, like the Port of Catoosa or the Port of Muskogee, by directing the Coast Guard to develop a plan for the acquisition of new inland waterway vessels, which will improve navigation operations and efficiencies along the MKARNs. I’m pleased to vote for this legislation that will empower the Coast Guard to combat trafficking and drug smuggling along our nation’s coast. Furthermore, this legislation provides for a predictable national standard for businesses operating on our nation’s maritime highways—like the MKARNS—reducing duplicative federal regulations that have held back economic growth.”