The Coast Guard performs an essential national security service and this bill provides the authorization and resources it needs to excel in that role. A set of national standards for regulating ballast discharges by ships overseen by the Coast Guard makes more sense than a complex patchwork of state and federal rules.
The current system of a variety of federal and state agencies regulating ships’ discharges of ballast water may be complicated, but there shouldn’t be a set of national standards enforced by the Coast Guard. This bill doesn’t provide the Coast Guard enough funding. Alternatively, it provides too much.