Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989

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Author: Ronald W. Reagan  | Date: September 28, 1988

Statement on Signing the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1988
September 28, 1988

I have today approved H.R. 2342, the "Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1988," which in part authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard for Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989.

During congressional consideration of H.R. 2342, my Administration expressed serious concern about Section 30 of the bill, which might have been misconstrued to call for inappropriate competition by the Coast Guard Auxiliary with private sector towing operations when rendering nonemergency assistance to disabled vessels.

I have approved H.R. 2342 with the understanding, which is clearly supported by the Joint Statement of Managers to accompany the Conference Report on H.R. 2342, that this section is not intended to affect the Coast Guard’s recently announced policy regarding nonemergency assistance. Accordingly, the Coast Guard will continue to implement this policy that, in the words of the conferees on H.R. 2342, represents "an attempt to strike a balance between the needs of commercial and volunteer interests, while still providing the highest level of safety services .... "
RONALD REAGAN
The White House,
September 28, 1988.

NOTE: H.R. 2342, approved September 28, was assigned Public Law No. 100-448.

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Chicago: Ronald W. Reagan, "Statement on Signing the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1988," Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1762-1763 Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LHG9KI6TZSQ2LYJ.

MLA: Reagan, Ronald W. "Statement on Signing the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1988." Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1762-1763, Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LHG9KI6TZSQ2LYJ.

Harvard: Reagan, RW, 'Statement on Signing the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1988' in Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1988-1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1762-1763. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LHG9KI6TZSQ2LYJ.