$1B Icebreaker Isn’t In the Coast Guard’s Stars… Yet

Congress does not appear close to finding $1 billion to fund a new Coast Guard icebreaker, but Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill authorizing $14 million to plan for one. The money could be used to develop specs, conduct a feasibility study and other “pre-acquisition” work. The amendment was offered by Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat, with the support of Sen. Dan Sullivan, Republican of Alaska. Cantwell spoke to the need in the committee session.

“There’s no question the Coast Guard deserves the tools it needs to operate in the Arctic, and we need to make sure we’re moving forward on building an Arctic fleet.”

The Coast Guard has received some $10 million for pre-acquisition work in prior years. The bill now moves to the full Senate.

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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She's @lruskin on Twitter. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz

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