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26 September 2016 the House of Representatives has 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. 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 the GPS provisions is a major milestone in a four-year-long effort by Rep. Garamendi to address this critical national security issue.

“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...