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H.R. 1322: To require a report on the effects of climate change on the Coast Guard, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of May 24, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 60

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1322

[Report No. 116–85]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 22, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Brown of Maryland) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

May 24, 2019

Additional sponsors: Mr. Langevin, Mr. Van Drew, Ms. Davids of Kansas, and Mr. Cohen

May 24, 2019

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To require a report on the effects of climate change on the Coast Guard, and for other purposes.


1.

Report on effects of climate change on Coast Guard

(a)

In general

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on vulnerabilities of Coast Guard installations and requirements resulting from climate change over the next 20 years.

(b)

Elements

The report under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1)

A list of the ten most vulnerable Coast Guard installations based on the effects of climate change, including rising sea tides, increased flooding, drought, desertification, wildfires, thawing permafrost, or any other categories the Commandant determines necessary.

(2)

An overview of mitigations that may be necessary to ensure the continued operational viability and to increase the resiliency of such vulnerable installations and the cost of such mitigations.

(3)

A discussion of the climate-change-related effects on the Coast Guard, including the increase in the frequency of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions and the campaign plans, contingency plans, and operational posture of the Coast Guard.

(4)

An overview of mitigations that may be necessary to ensure mission resiliency and the cost of such mitigations.

(c)

Form

The report required under subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a classified annex.

May 24, 2019

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed