House to vote on Coast Guard bill with offshore wind rider

By Andres Picon | 05/14/2024 06:29 AM EDT

The provision has sparked backlash from offshore wind supporters since the last Congress.

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.).

The House will vote this week on bipartisan Coast Guard legislation from Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and others. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

The House this week will vote on a Coast Guard reauthorization bill that includes a familiar provision opposed by offshore energy backers.

Lawmakers will also vote on the Senate-passed reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration and a number of bills aimed at shoring up domestic supply chains, bolstering critical infrastructure and reducing pollution.

The “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2024,” H.R. 7659, would extend Coast Guard authorities through fiscal 2026 and contains riders meant to support a new icebreaker in the Great Lakes and the service’s response to oil spills.


The legislation would also transfer responsibilities for conducting National Environmental Policy Act and other regulatory reviews for deepwater ports from the Coast Guard to the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.