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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Legislation Included in Passage of Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

July 14, 2017
Press Release
Expands Maritime Workforce and Education Training

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bipartisan defense policy bill that authorizes $696 billion in defense spending in fiscal year 2018. Included in the authorization is a bill sponsored by Reps. Green (D-TX) and Wittman (R-VA), H.R. 2286, the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act.

H.R. 2286 was introduced in May and was successfully added as an amendment to the NDAA during the committee markup. It will authorize the U.S. Maritime Administration to designate and provide assistance to certain community colleges and workforce training centers as “centers of excellence” that provide valuable skills in the maritime sector. The provision, Section 3507 will advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs.

“In our district, we have a surplus of maritime jobs and not enough people with the skills and training to fill them,” said Green. “The industry is continuing to invest and grow along the Port of Houston, and we want to make sure that our constituents have the opportunity to take these high skilled jobs. This bipartisan legislation will help bridge the gap. It’s good for our local community, it’s good for our businesses, and it’s good for the American economy.”

Other provisions in the 2018 NDAA include:

  • A much deserved 2.4 percent pay increase and extending special pay and bonuses for service members.
  • Support for military families by prohibiting the proposed reduction in inpatient care for military medical treatment facilities located outside the United States.
  • Acknowledging climate change is a direct threat to U.S. national security interests and requires a report on vulnerabilities to military installations and commands.

A copy of the text can be found HERE.