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Congressional hearings on race issues at Coast Guard Academy canceled

Two congressional committees that were going to hold a hearing Thursday on the handling of race-based allegations involving cadets at the Coast Guard Academy have canceled the hearing due to what they say is the Coast Guard’s unwillingness to testify. 

An article published in The Day Monday incorrectly stated that the hearing is still taking place Thursday. The heads of the two committees said the commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Karl Schultz, rejected their invitation to testify. 

“At a time when people across this country are coming together to confront systemic racism, it is deeply disappointing that the Coast Guard’s Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz, has rejected our invitation to testify publicly on race-based harassment at the Coast Guard Academy,” said Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Carolyn Maloney of New York, chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Lt. Cmdr. Brittany Panetta, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, said in a statement Friday that the service is "eager" to testify "at a time and venue that aligns with established executive branch and committee procedures regarding hearing notice, quorum, and question-and-answer period."

 

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