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Coast Guard Bill Clears Senate Committee

On May 18, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved, by voice vote, S. 1129, the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, as amended.

Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), the bill would authorize $9.2 billion in FY2018 and $9.6 billion in FY2019 for the Coast Guard; $9.1 billion was authorized for FY2017.

Among other provisions, the measure would require that rules, policies, and memoranda that provide leave for the birth or adoption of a child permit, at the commanding officer’s discretion, officers and enlisted members to take such leave in increments and be granted flexible work schedules until such leave is exhausted.

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