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Trump Protests Infringement on Executive Branch in Coast Guard Act

December 07, 2018 / Charles S. Clark

In his 25th signing statement, President Trump this week registered disagreement with what he sees as legislative encroachment on executive branch powers as he signed into law the 2018 Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act. That law (S. 140), named for a retiring New Jersey Republican House member, authorizes  appropriations for the Coast Guard and for the Federal Maritime Commission through fiscal 2019, reauthorizes the Commerce’s Department’s hydrographic services program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through fiscal 2023, and provides for the establishment of uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge.