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STATEMENT ON THE HONORABLE DUNCAN HUNTER
JULY 23, 2002
This Hearing will come to order.
My opening remarks will be brief. This is the second in a series of
hearings, which the panel will hold on the reauthorization of the Maritime
Security Program. Last week we heard from witnesses representing the ship
owners, maritime labor, and the so-called “section 2” citizens. If we learned
anything last week, we have a very difficult task ahead of us.
This week we will receive testimony from the shipbuilding
components within this industry. Judging from a review of their testimony,
we will have a replay of last week's hearing. I am particularly interested in
getting the best cost estimates of each of the disparate proposals that will be
I also noticed that several of the witnesses today have made comments on
needed changes to the tax laws. I hope to hear more on these topics today.
As many of you know, I have been developing a proposal to address this
issue that has developed in part, from discussions with other members of this
panel. I hope to be in a position to introduce this legislation-ideally, as as
bipartisan effort-after the break. In my opinion, reauthorization and
modification of the current Maritime Security program is only one step in a
series of required changes.
At the end of the day, we will need to develop a program that is affordable
and one that this Administration can get behind and support. As I said last
week, we intend to continue these hearings into the fall—at which time we
will get the views and the requirements of the ultimate users
TRANSCOM. If we cannot design a program that meets and satisfies a
discernable military requirement, we will not be get the support of the
Before I recognize the distinguished ranking member of this panel, I
want to ask unanimous consent that a letter dated July 19,2002 from Andy
Abbott, representing the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron
Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers be entered into the record.