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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chambliss, Isakson, Kingston Pleased Budget Restores Maritime Safety and Security Team
Delegation Fought Proposed Decommissioning of MSST in St. Marys

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.-01, today announced the restoration of funding in the president's budget for the Maritime Safety and Security Team in St. Marys, Ga.

"I'm pleased the administration has abandoned its plans to decommission the Maritime Safety and Security Team in St. Marys," said Chambliss. "Given the critical nature of the team's missions and the capabilities it provides for the Department of Homeland Security, its decommissioning would have been imprudent."

"We have fought hard against the proposed decommissioning of the Maritime Safety and Security Team in St. Marys," Isakson said. "I am very pleased the President's budget recognizes the critical value of the St. Marys team to Georgia and to the nation."

"I appreciate the Administration's recognition that these teams are critically important to the safety and security of our region," said Kingston. "From Kings Bay to Mayport and the ports from Charleston to Jacksonville, they cover a region of growing economic and strategic importance to our nation. That said, no state and no district can be immune to cuts necessary to face our fiscal reality and I look forward to working with the Administration to find common sense savings elsewhere."

Over the past several months, Chambliss, Isakson and Kingston have communicated their strong opposition to the proposed budget cuts to the Maritime Safety and Security Teams with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen. Additionally, the senators urged Senate appropriators to restore funding for the Maritime Safety and Security Teams in St. Marys, Ga., and other states.