Coast Guard icebreaker runs aground in House bill

Washington - The future of the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission in the Arctic could be in jeopardy, as a draft House spending measure approved today wouldn’t fund a new polar icebreaker that had received backing from President Donald Trump

Washington - The future of the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission in the Arctic could be in jeopardy, as a draft House spending measure approved today wouldn’t fund a new polar icebreaker that had received backing from President Donald Trump. The Trump administration requested $750 million for a new heavy polar icebreaker vessel in fiscal 2019.

The first vessel is projected to cost about $1 billion, while the entire program would cost as much as $9.8 billion over its lifetime for three heavy polar icebreakers, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee today approved the 2019 spending measure for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Coast Guard.

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