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GLTF FYI - Transportation Appropriations
The results of last week's Senate subcommittee markup of the
Transportation Appropriations Bill are finally available.
User fees - Bill language prohibits the planning, finalization, or
implementation of any regulation that would promulgate new maritime
user fees not specifically authorized by law.
Icebreaking - The bill provides for the continued operation and
maintenance of the Mackinaw and $4 million for "concept exploration to
refine the specifications and costs for a heavy icebreaking
replacement vessel, including a new multimission vessel, for the
53-year-old Mackinaw." The committee also expressed concern over the
long lead time projected by the Coast Guard to receive a replacement
vessel and requests an interim status report by January 1999.
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation - The committee provided
$11.496 million ($1.15 million below administration request, $300,000
above FY 1998). The Committee notes that no authorizing legislation
is pending related to the Administration proposal to make the Seaway a
Performance Based Organization.
Ballast Water Management Program - The Committee provided $2 million
(through General Provisions) to implement the nationwide ballast water
management program and an additional $1 million (through Research and
Development) to further invasive species research efforts.
The Senate Full Committee markup is scheduled for July 14 (today) and
the House subcommittee markup is scheduled for July 16 (Thursday).