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House Proceeding on Oct 14th, 2009 :: 4:09:45 to 4:15:50
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Elijah E. Cummings

4:09:43 to 4:10:04( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the maritime work force development act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2651, a bill to amend title code to direct the secretary of transportation to establish a maritime career program, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: -

Elijah E. Cummings

4:09:45 to 4:15:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Elijah E. Cummings

4:10:05 to 4:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: mr. cummings: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 2651. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, pursuant to the rule the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. petri, eacwill control 20 minutes. gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: thank you very

Elijah E. Cummings

4:10:26 to 4:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. thank you, mr. speaker. as chairman of the subcommittee on the coast guard and maritime transportation i rise today in strong support of the maritime work force development act, h.r. 2651. legislation which i authored to a

Elijah E. Cummings

4:10:47 to 4:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: training needs of our nation's merchant mariners. i thank congressman oberstar, the chairman of the full committee on transportation and infrastructure, congressman mica, the ranking member of the full committee, and congressman lobiondo, the ranking member of the coast guard subcommittee for workin our maritime work force.

Elijah E. Cummings

4:11:11 to 4:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: h.r. 2651 would amend title 46 of the united states code to direct the secretary of transportation to establish student loan program to attract the next generation of workers to the good-paying jobs available in the maritie industry. the loan program will also help those already in the industry obtain the certifications and

Elijah E. Cummings

4:11:33 to 4:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the training they need to move ahead in their careers. in a hearing in the coast guard subcommittee to exam trends in the maritime work force. according to the bureau of transportation and statistics, in 2006 there were more than

Elijah E. Cummings

4:11:54 to 4:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: 38,000 on the water jobs in sea, coastal and great lakes and nearly 23,000 jobs in the inland water transportation industry. many of those who currently worked in industry are nearing retirement age. thus the maritime administration has the average age of a mariner

Elijah E. Cummings

4:12:15 to 4:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: with a masters license was 51, while the average age of a chief engineer was 50. aditionally, significant new standards for training and continuing education have been applied to mariners through the 1995 amendment to the convention on the standards of training certification and watch keeping.

Elijah E. Cummings

4:12:44 to 4:13:04( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: . these standards have been set to reduce -- maritime accidents, but they have also imposed expensive and consuming training. particularly those who are looking to upgrade a document on license to move up the career ladder. wh

Elijah E. Cummings

4:13:05 to 4:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: in the united states that provide outstanding training programs for those seeking to enter in the maritime fie, tuition can be extremely expensive. further, the types of traing programs in which mariners enroll are mariners who have already begun

Elijah E. Cummings

4:13:28 to 4:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: their careers rarely enroll in two or four-year educational programs. instead typically they enroll in multiweek courses obtained a specific new certific enroll in such courses se times a year. i drafted h.r. 2651 in an effort provide to individuals in the maritime

Elijah E. Cummings

4:13:51 to 4:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: industry a loan program that i tailored to their specific needs and to the type of training programs that serve them. using the mode student loan programs, h.r. 2651 creates a maritime focused student loan program through which individuals can receive up to $60,000 in loans over the course of a lifetime.

Elijah E. Cummings

4:14:12 to 4:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: h.r. 2651 also authorizes the appropriation of $10 million in each of fiscal years 2010 through 2015 to support these loans. addition authorizes the appropriation of $10 million in each of fiscal years 2010 through 2015 to enable the department of

Elijah E. Cummings

4:14:33 to 4:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: transportation to award grants to maritime trai institutions to support their efforts to develop and implement programs to address mariner recruitment, training and retention issues. in my district in baltimore, i've been working closely with the maritime industry's academy, a public high school

Elijah E. Cummings

4:14:54 to 4:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: with a aritime theme. you've assembled maritime professionals who have worked in an advisory capacity with te school for two years. and who are now creating a formal foundation to support th current 20 in a new location and an enrollment level that has

Elijah E. Cummings

4:15:16 to 4:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: tripled in the last two years. the grant program that is authorized by h.r. 2651 will support the growing number of maritime-theme educational institutions including high schools th as a work -- they work to expand maritime education opportunities and attract new individuals to a field critical to the success of our national

Elijah E. Cummings

4:15:37 to 4:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: economy. finally, mr. speaker, i again want to thank chairman oberstar, ranking member mica, ranking member lobiondo, and all of our subcommittee for their hard work on h.r. 2651

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