Palazzo Secures Funding for 12th National Security Cutter
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) today introduced an amendment, that was agreed to, during the House Appropriations full committee markup of the Homeland Security bill, to provide funding for the 12th National Security Cutter. In his remarks Palazzo stated:
"I have great concern over the lack of funding for the 12th and final National Security Cutter in this bill. We are only one ship short of completing a one-for-one replacement of the high endurance cutters.
"Why are these ships needed? Just this Monday, it was reported by the Washington Examiner that during the past 2 months, the Coast Guard has intercepted 729 million dollars worth of cocaine from boats transporting drugs from Central America to the U.S. The street value of these seizures over the past two months alone is enough to pay for just one National Security Cutter.
"It is the maritime border that carries thousands of pounds of cocaine and other dangerous drugs into our country annually, destroying lives, families and communities. Any conversation about border security is not complete unless we also address our maritime border needs."
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The 2018 omnibus package provided funding for the completion of the 10th and 11th National Security Cutters. The funding provided in this amendment would purchase Long Lead Time Materials for the 12th and final National Security Cutter.