H.R.1726 – Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of 2017

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Week ending June 23, 2017

H.R.1726 – Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of 2017


“H.R. 1726 would reorganize, but not substantively alter, provisions of law that govern the authority of the U.S. Coast Guard. The bill would clarify the duties and defense-related responsibilities of that agency and establish a uniform administrative framework for its advisory committees.” – cbo

    Title 14 was codified in 1949 and has not been re-codified in the intervening 68 year period. H.R. 1726 better organizes title 14 by transferring and renumbering existing provisions, co-locating similar authorities, and creating more space in the title to accommodate future amendments and additions. Title I of the bill reorganizes the title, but makes no substantive change to law. Title II amends the title to create uniformity, better organize the Coast Guard’s authorities, clarify Coast Guard authority when operating as a special service in the Navy, and repeal an obsolete personnel policy.

 (Full text of H.R. 1726 at congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50] (Introduced 03/27/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayers:  Based on an analysis of information from the Coast Guard, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1726 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. According to the agency, the bill would not impose any new requirements or duties; as a result, CBO expects that any changes in the agency’s annual costs—which would be subject to appropriation— would be negligible.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 1726 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 1726 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1726 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  No earmarks

Duplication of programs: No duplication

Direct Rule-Making:  No direct rulemaking

Advisory Committee Statement: No advisory committee created

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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