House Passes Strong Legislation Co-Authored by Reps. John Garamendi and Duncan Hunter on GPS Backup Systems and Heavy Icebreakers


WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation co-authored by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Ranking Member and Chairman respectively of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The bill would require the creation of a GPS backup system and commission a study to document the advantages of acquiring a heavy icebreaker fleet for the Coast Guard. Garamendi has previously introduced standalone legislation, such as H.R. 1678, to encourage development of a GPS backup.

Congressman John Garamendi
Congressman John Garamendi

This bill served as the basis for even stronger legislation, developed in bipartisan cooperation with Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), that has now passed the full Committee. The passage of both the GPS and heavy icebreaker provisions is a major milestone in a four-year-long effort by Reps. Garamendi and Hunter to address these critical national security issues.

“I am very pleased that the full House of Representatives has acted so quickly on the legislation passed by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week,” said Congressman Garamendi. Building a reliable backup for GPS signals in case of failure or sabotage and building a heavy icebreaker fleet for projecting American sovereignty in the Arctic are crucial national security priorities.”

The legislation would require the Coast Guard to develop a reliable ground-based backup system, commonly called eLORAN, to space-based GPS navigation and timing signals within the next three years and require a study to document the benefits of building out a fleet of heavy icebreakers—a necessary first step to acquiring a fleet. These ships, which are specially designed to navigate ice-covered waters and provide safe passage for other ships, are essential for projecting U.S. sovereignty in the Arctic, but the U.S. currently only has one functioning heavy icebreaker, and it is forty years old.

Source: Rep. John Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi

John Raymond Garamendi is an American rancher, businessman, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has represented areas of Northern California between San Francisco and Sacramento, including the cities of Fairfield and Suisun City, in the United States House of Representatives since November 2009. Garamendi was previously the California Insurance Commissioner from 1991 to 1995 and 2003 to 2007, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 to 1998 and the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California from 2007 until his election to Congress.[


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