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H.R. 2136: To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the membership of the Commandant of the Coast Guard on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 23, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2136

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Palazzo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the membership of the Commandant of the Coast Guard on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1.

Membership of Commandant of the Coast Guard on the Joint Chiefs of Staff

(a)

Membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Section 151(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(9)

The Commandant of the Coast Guard.

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(b)

Appointment of Chairman; grade and rank

Section 152 of such title is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(1)(B) by striking or the Commandant of the Marine Corps and inserting the Commandant of the Marine Corps, or the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and

(2)

in subsection (c), by striking Navy and inserting Navy or Coast Guard.

(c)

Vice Chairman

Section 154(f) of such title is amended by striking Navy and inserting Navy or Coast Guard.

(d)

Inclusion on the Joint Staff

Section 155(a) of such title is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking (other than the Coast Guard);

(B)

in subparagraph (B), by striking and at the end;

(C)

in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(D)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

the Coast Guard.

; and

(2)

in paragraph (3), by striking Secretary of the military department having jurisdiction over that armed force and inserting Secretary concerned.

(e)

Duties as member of Joint Staff

Section 302 of title 14, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking The President may and inserting the following:

(a)

The President may

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(b)
(1)

The Commandant of the Coast Guard shall also perform the duties prescribed for the Commandant as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under section 151 of title 10.

(2)

To the extent that such action does not impair the independence of the Commandant in the performance of the Commandant’s duties as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commandant shall inform the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating regarding military advice rendered by members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on matters affecting such department.

(3)

Subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense, the Commandant shall keep the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating fully informed of significant military operations affecting the duties and responsibilities of such Secretary.

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