Coast Guard struggles to meet demands as sequestration looms

Posted on Written by Michael LaBella

The Coast Guard, already squeezed by dwindling resources, will be deeply affected by sequestration.

Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp said it goes against the Coast Guard’s culture to admit it can’t do more with less, but he is encouraging his units to do just that, the Navy Times reported.

“We can’t keep giving this image that we can do more with less,” he said.

Papp was speaking specifically about the effects of sequestration, the government-wide spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday if Congress does not take action. He also addressed the difficulty of operating under a continuing resolution that has the service operating at 2012 funding levels while trying to rebuild an aging cutter fleet.

Fewer resources for patrols means more drugs reaching the United States and more illegal fishing in the country’s waters, the paper reported Papp as saying.

The Coast Guard could lose more than 7,000 active-duty and civilian jobs if the government-wide spending cuts known as sequestration happen, according to a report released by Rep. Norm Dick, D-Wash., on Oct. 9.

“Everybody wants to serve, they want to get the job done, and while that’s a great blessing it’s also a curse because you can go beyond your means, you can wear out boats quicker, you can wear out people quicker,” Papp told reporters after completing his State of the Coast Guard address Wednesday morning at Fort McNair in Washington. “And it’s tough for us sometimes to sit back and say, ‘You know, I just can’t get that job done.’ ”

Search-and-rescue and port security missions will remain a top priority.

Another priority for Papp is keeping the entire Coast Guard work force, including active-duty, reserve and civilian.

“We don’t want to lose people because we worked very hard over the past decade to build our force back up,” he said to reporters after the speech.

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7 comments on “Coast Guard struggles to meet demands as sequestration looms

  1. Bill

    Sequestration is a bunch of nonsense. The rate of increase is being cut which is not a reduction in funds available. Funds actually increase.

    Eliminate all government spending and start over!

  2. Scott

    I agree Bill. It’s nice to spend more money when you have it but come on, Papp is saying they can’t get the job done with 2012 funding? I think a lot of us would be able to make our budgets work on last year’s income. I believe the Coast Guard is a highly beneficial sevice of our government but I think they shoud think twice about crying wolf.

  3. enginecom

    Everything out of a democrat’s mouth is a lie. That is what I gather from this administration from the experience over the last 4yrs. Even big news thinks these scare tactics over a 2.4% cut are BS. We need real leaders in DC. POTUS is full of it and should be impeached. The people who voted for him are not our families or employees.

  4. AnonymousBob

    Cut out tax breaks and subsidies for Big Oil, hedge fund managers, and churches and there won’t be any need for this latest “crisis” in DC.

  5. Charles

    The Coast Guard station in my small city on Lake Michigan serves no purpose at best and is ineffective at worst. Several people drowned right near their station in the last three years. It should be closed. Give one boat to the Sheriff and let us handle our own safety needs.

  6. Jeremy

    We do a lot with little funding. We do most of our own work. The navy gets better schools and contracts out the job they are trained to do. And yes I do know this I have gone to the navy schools and heard them say we will never pull a head assembly. When I rebuild the whole engine and to random DEI. So Scott before you say we cry wolf trust me we do more with less. If you want to come see come on down to port canaveral fl. I will give you something to think about.

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