The State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: The Federal Role

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chair of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee, will hold a hearing titled “The State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: The Federal Role” on Tuesday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m.
The hearing will examine U.S. maritime policy and conduct oversight over the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the Federal Maritime Commission. Leaders from the U.S. Maritime Administration and the Federal Maritime Commission will testify. Witnesses have been asked to discuss the state of the nation’s maritime transportation system, current challenges, and ways that federal policy and programs can enhance its performance.
•    The Honorable Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration
•    The Honorable Mario Cordero, Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission
•    Rear Admiral James Helis, United States Maritime Service Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy
•    Mr. Mitch Behm, Assistant Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation
* Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
2:30 p.m.
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee hearing
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

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Majority Statement

  • Senator Deb Fischer


  • The Honorable Paul "Chip" Jaenichen

    U.S. Maritime Administration
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  • The Honorable Mario Cordero

    Federal Maritime Commission
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  • Rear Admiral James Helis

    United States Maritime Service Superintendent
    United States Merchant Marine Academy
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  • Mr. Mitch Behm

    Assistant Inspector General
    U.S. Department of Transportation
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