H.R. 2838 - Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011

Bill Text

    Text of H.R. 2838 PDF XML

    The Rules Committee has requested that amendments to H.R. 2838 be drafted to the Rules Committee Print of H.R. 2838 which includes:
                   :: Text of H.R. 2838 — Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011 
                   :: Text of H.R. 2840 — Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011   

              ::Text of H.R. 2838, as reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure PDF XML

    H. Rept. 112-229 PDF XML

    Report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Rule Information


REPORTED BY RECORD VOTE of 8-4 on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

Adopted by record vote of 245-166, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 234-177, on Friday, November 4, 2011.  

MANAGERS: Bishop/Slaughter

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment the Rules Committee Print of H.R. 2838 dated October 28, 2011 and provides that the print shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the Rules Committee Print.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides that the chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee may offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the Rules Committee report not earlier disposed of.  Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their designee, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.  The original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments may insert a statement in the Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the amendments en bloc.

9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

10. Provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of November 4, 2011, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules relating to a measure addressing the applicability of the coastwise trade laws.


Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
24Version 1Baldwin (WI)DemocratWould prohibit funds from being used to design, develop or procure Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter ships unless the main diesel engines are manufactured in the United States and made by American workers. To address any concerns that this could be a single source contract, this provision may be waived to ensure competition and the best value to the taxpayer. Submitted
10Version 1Bishop, Tim (NY)DemocratWould provide states the authority to impose more protective operational requirements on the discharge of ballast water within state resource waters.Made In Order
20Version 1Brown, Corrine (FL)DemocratWould prohibit the Army Corp of Engineers from applying any additional peer review studies to the Jacksonville Port dredging project.Made In Order
21Version 1Brown, Corrine (FL)DemocratWould authorize the Corp of Engineer to construct projects that are critical to navigation safety.Submitted
4Version 1Cummings (MD)DemocratWould strike a provision that would eliminate an existing statutory requirement that the Coast Guard appoint an ombudsman in each Coast Guard District.Made In Order
6Version 1Cummings (MD), Landry (LA)BipartisanWould expand the information the Maritime Administration is required to include in the determinations it makes of the availability of qualified United States flag capacity to carry cargo between two points in the United States when a waiver of Jones Act requirements pertaining to such carriage is sought.Made In Order
22Version 1Dingell (MI), Slaughter (NY)DemocratWould strike Title VII.Made In Order
23Version 1Dingell (MI), Slaughter (NY)DemocratWould allow a State to enact and enforce such laws as the States deems necessary to develop, implement, and enforce ballast water standards and programs established by the State. Submitted
7Version 2Farr (CA)DemocratRevised Would reauthorize the Marine Debris Programs within the United States Coast Guard and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Submitted
11Version 1Huizenga (MI)RepublicanWould freeze the Environmental Protection Agency's current vessel discharge regulatory framework for certain vessels of historic significance.Made In Order
5Version 2Kissell, Larry (NC)DemocratRevised Would prohibit the U.S. Coast Guard from procuring items classified as textiles and apparel that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States. Submitted
19Version 1Landry (LA)RepublicanWould require U.S. vessel registry for any vessel used for energy activities in support for exploration, production, and transportation of energy resources in or under the Outer Continental Shelf. Submitted
30Version 1Landry (LA)RepublicanLate Would clarify Coast Guard guidance regarding the ability of U.S. flagged offshore supply vessels to carry unlimited amounts of Grade D and Grade E cargo (combustible liquid) when said vessel is operating outside of U.S. waters, provided the vessel meets the safety requirements of the International Maritime Organization. Made In Order
32Version 1Landry (LA)RepublicanLate Would provide protections that private entities rendering assistance during times of offshore emergencies will not be held liable for the actions they take to prevent or mitigate damages absent of gross negligence. Submitted
33Version 2Lipinski (IL)DemocratLate Revised Would require a report on the country of origin for goods and supplies and to promote acquisitions from domestic suppliers when possible.Submitted
31Version 1LoBiondo (NJ)RepublicanLate Would add a new section providing the Secretary authority to extend the duration of medical certificates issued to merchant mariners, requires the Coast Guard to study the efficacy of requiring the carriage of certain survival craft, makes several technical and clarifying changes, and adds a new title providing new authorities to suppress the threat of piracy and protect U.S. vessels and mariners transiting high risk waters. Made In Order
28Version 1McCaul (TX)RepublicanWould prohibit the U.S. Coast Guard from delegating vessel inspections from organizations that also provide these services of behalf of any State Sponsor of Terrorism—such as Iran, Sudan and Syria. Companion language has been introduced in the Senate version of this same bill.Made In Order
29Version 1McIntyre (NC)DemocratWould add to the purpose section of the establishment of the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (Section 401) that it coordinate with local businesses to promote an efficient marine transportation system. Made In Order
8Version 1Murphy, Christopher (CT)DemocratWould give manufacturers the opportunity to provide information to contracting officers regarding how their bid for a contract will affect domestic employment. Would allow the Coast Guard to take this information into consideration, but would not mandate that the Coast Guard consider this information when awarding the contract. Information regarding the impact on domestic employment is called a “Jobs Impact Statement.”Made In Order
17Version 1Napolitano (CA)DemocratWould give distant water tuna vessels in the Western Pacific Ocean the option of using Guam as their required port of call in order to meet U.S. maritime regulations.Made In Order
34Version 1Olson (TX)RepublicanLate Would require the Commandant of the Coast Guard in consultation with appropriate representatives of industry to conduct a feasibility study to determine the capability, cost, and benefits of requiring the owner or operator of a manned facility, installation, unit, or vessel to locate a standby vessel nearby. Made In Order
3Version 1Palazzo (MS)RepublicanWould strike section 303 of the bill which places unneeded and harmful restrictions on the future contracting and construction of the United States Coast Guard National Security Cutter. The National Security Cutter is a much needed and extremely cost effective ship for the Coast Guard and is actively proving its value through highly successful counter drug and other missions while replacing a aging coast guard fleet.Made In Order
9Version 1Pierluisi (PR)DemocratWould clarify the application of the Passenger Vessel Services Act to vessels operating in Puerto Rico that are not otherwise qualified to transport passengers for hire and that weigh more than 100 gross tons. Would allow such vessels to transport passengers between ports in Puerto Rico—a non-contiguous jurisdiction of multiple islands. Made In Order
2Version 1Ribble (WI)RepublicanWould change the legislative description of a commercial vessel to include all federally owned and operated vessels, exempting military, Department of Defense, and Coast Guard vessels. This amendment would require all federal government vessels, except for those exempted as previously mentioned, to comply with the same ballast water rules and regulations with which the private sector must comply. Made In Order
25Version 1Richardson (CA)DemocratWould give Port Security Grant recipients the flexibility to use some of their Port Security Grant funds for personnel expenses, which are currently prohibited from being used to fund statutorily-mandated security personnel costs.Submitted
26Version 1Richardson (CA)DemocratWould allow recipients of the Port Security Grant program the ability to choose whether it is more cost effective to fix or replace defective security equipment.Submitted
27Version 2Richardson (CA)DemocratRevised Would ensure that when the Marine Transportation System Assessment and Strategy is drafted it includes a plan to identify maritime projects of national significance, steps taken to implement actions recommended by the 9/11 Commission regarding 100 percent screening at ports, and a plan with recommended actions for fully utilizing the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.Submitted
1Version 1Sanchez, Loretta (CA)DemocratWould require the Commandant to report to Congress about the threat of, vulnerability to, and consequence of an act of terrorism using a small vessel to attack United States vessels, ports, or maritime interests.Submitted
18Version 1Shuler (NC)DemocratWould require the Coast Guard to give priority to persons that manufacture materials, parts, and components in the United States when entering into contracts and placing orders under Sec. 208 (a).Made In Order
14Version 1Thompson, Bennie (MS)DemocratWould add a new section to the end of title II of H.R. 2838 to open admissions to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to eligible candidates nominated by Congress. Specifically, the amendment would require the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that, beginning in academic year 2014, half of the incoming class is composed of eligible candidates nominated by the Vice President or, if there is no Vice President, by the President pro tempore of the Senate; Senators; Representatives; and Delegates to the House of Representatives. Made In Order
15Version 1Thompson, Bennie (MS)DemocratWould add a new section to the end of Title IV of H.R. 2838 to allow Port Security Grant Program recipients (port operators) - for fiscal years 2007 to 2009 to hold off on expending funds for procurement and installation of biometric readers, as required under 46 U.S.C. 70105, until a year after the regulation for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential biometric readers is issued by the Coast Guard. Submitted
16Version 1Thompson, Bennie (MS)DemocratWould modify Section 310 of H.R. 2838 to allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to access Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft in the event of a terrorist incident and would add the Committee on Homeland Security to the list of recipients for the Fleet Mix Analysis and Coast Guard Cutter study required under the section. Submitted
12Version 1Young, Don (AK)RepublicanWithdrawn Would require the Coast Guard to study locations in the Bering Sea that can serve as a Place of Refuge in accordance with the National Response Plan. Would require the Coast Guard to consult with appropriate agencies on a plan to identify the steps required to complete the improvements necessary to qualify the harbors to be designated as a potential place of refuge, and to submit the plan to Congress.Withdrawn
13Version 2Young, Don (AK)RepublicanWithdrawn Revised Would require the conveyance of the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter STORIS to a non-profit organization in Juneau, Alaska for use as a historical memorial.Withdrawn