House OKs Coast Guard bill with offshore energy rider

By Andres Picon | 05/15/2024 06:22 AM EDT

Democrats called for compromise language that would not hurt the embattled offshore wind sector.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).

Rep. Don Beyer on Capitol Hill last year. The Virginia Democrat on Tuesday expressed concern about Coast Guard legislation hurting offshore wind. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House on Wednesday passed a Coast Guard reauthorization bill that contains a contentious provision pertaining to offshore energy projects.

Separately, the chamber may vote on a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, H.R. 3935, as soon as Wednesday. It also contains energy and environment provisions.

The bipartisan “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2024,” H.R. 7659, sponsored by leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, would authorize the service through fiscal 2026. It passed 376-16


Lawmakers have sparred over a rider that would require certain vessels used for offshore energy development to be crewed entirely by American workers or by workers from the country where the vessel is registered.