Congress Set to Approve $13 Million for New Boat Station in Cape May

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, applauded the House passage of H.R. 2638 which includes $13 million to construct a new U.S. Coast Guard  boat station in Cape May, complete with a new state of the art facility which will house staff and will include garage space to store and overhaul small boats and aids to navigation. More than 50 years old, the current boat station was never intended to accommodate the electronics and service members needed to carry out the missions Boat Station Cape May is tasked.  LoBiondo and Admiral Thad Allen, the Commandant of the USCG, toured the facility and discussed its condition in April 2008.

“For decades Boat Station Cape May has needed an upgrade to its facility to help guarantee the success of its many crucial missions including port security, search and rescue, fisheries safety, and drug interdiction.  This funding will allow for major improvements to benefit the USCG personnel at the boat station, and will go along way to improve the safety and security of our waterways in South Jersey,” added LoBiondo, a member of the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

Due to the Democrat Congress’ decision to forgo the annual appropriations process, the projects were included as part of the continuing resolution that would fund the U.S. government until March 2009. The federal government’s fiscal year is set to expire at midnight on September 30, 2008. The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass this week and be sent to the President.

Rep.  LoBiondo Press Release

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