Earlier today we told you about some digging around that retired commercial fisherman Herb Goblirsch did to get to the bottom of the Coast Guard Air Rescue station being shut down at the end of next month. Goblirsch blamed part of the problem on the fact that the Department of Homeland Security had recently swiped some of the Coast Guard’s current year budget to tend to major border problems with Mexico. It seems that House Speaker John Boehner had overlooked the need to renew Homeland Security’s border operations budget, prompting Homeland Security to grab (as it’s allowed to do) some of the budgets of the Transportation Safety Administration, FEMA and the Coast Guard.
We’re finding that this isn’t the first time that the Coast Guard’s budget has been raided to fill budget gaps in other agencies thought to be “more important.”
Here’s an update of an article that lays it out in detail, an article written at about the time the Coast Guard’s budget for THIS YEAR was being hammered out in Washington DC.