A bipartisan group of 58 legislators has sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committeeâs homeland security subpanel to oppose the White Houseâs plan to implement a $1.3 billion reduction in the U.S. Coast Guardâs budget, Defense News reported Monday.
Joe Gould writes the Office of Management and BudgetÂ proposed to eliminate the Coast Guardâs Maritime Security Response Team for counterterrorism efforts and cancel funding support for the service branchâs ninth National Security Cutter ship.
The lawmakers led by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California), chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime subcommittee, saidÂ in the letter that OMBâs proposed cut to the Coast Guardâs budget âshould be dismissedâ since it contradicts President Donald Trumpâs aim to rebuild the military.
âOur recommendation is that OMB’s financial outline, specific to the Coast Guard, be rejected on theÂ grounds that, if implemented, it would serve to the detriment of U.S. national security and create exposures that will most certainly be exploited by transnational criminal networks and other dangerous actors,â the lawmakers added.
Trump is expected Thursday to file with Congress the administrationâs 2018 budget proposal that seeks to implement a $54 billion increase in defense discretionary spending,Â according to the report.