Spending bill adds a billion dollars for Coast Guard icebreakers

    An extra billion dollars inserted into a federal spending bill will go toward new icebreakers for the Coast guard.

    Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 7:46am by Lori James

    An extra billion dollars inserted into a federal spending bill will go toward new icebreakers for the Coast guard.

    The defense appropriations subcommittee added the funding Tuesday.

    Senator Lisa Murkowski, who sits on the subcommittee, thanked the chairman, Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, though the Alaska Delegation has been most vocal about boosting funds for icebreakers.

    As of last fall, only about 4 million dollars had been set aside to buy six polar icebreakers, which will cost billions. The Obama Administration had requested under 150 million more for icebreaker design.

    The nation's only heavy-duty icebreaker has only 5 to 8 years more on its estimated useful life, and Murkowski notes that it will be assigned to the southern hemisphere for all that time.

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