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By Clarise Larson
Juneau Empire 

Congress drops funding to purchase used icebreaker for Coast Guard

 

January 4, 2023



A late change in the Senate to the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package passed by Congress last month deleted funding to purchase a privately owned icebreaker that the U.S. Coast Guard said could be homeported in Juneau.

A $150 million authorization for the Coast Guard to purchase the vessel was removed from the bill that had to pass by Dec. 23 to avoid a government shutdown. The bill passed the House that final day, after winning Senate approval earlier in the week.

The removal of the funding was disappointing, both of Alaska’s senators said.

“It’s very frustrating to all of us,”...



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