In looking at some of the comments Jon Jones (name given) stated this:
The proposed regulation change to allow the USCG to impose a fee of $26 for renwal of vessel documentation
is ill advised, primarily because it is in clear violation of of the House Appropriation Committee's intent for the USCG and the Department of Homeland Defense.
From the Committee Report in the DHS appropriations bill, p. 78:
"The Committee recommends a reduction of $35,000,000 for the Headquarters Directorate due to the DHS budget
request’s reliance upon unauthorized fee collections, a flawed CBP request based on inaccessible fee collections, and poor record
of compliance with statutory requirements, notably the Coast Guard’s failure to submit an adequate Capital Investment Plan."
The Appropriations Committee has recommended decrementing USCG based on DHS's flawed assessment of collectable fees
underpinning DHS's budget
submission. In addition, the committee intends to decrement USCG funding
by 1% in order to continue the path of efficiencies across DHS, but also to force the Department, including the USCG, to better comply with statutory requirements.
This proposed fee, transfers the committee's decrement to the holders of USCG documentation
, and therefore is an attempt to bypass the will of the Appropriations Committee. "
I think he nailed it.