Polar icebreaker dispute ties up Coast Guard appropriations
Tangier Island, Virginia after a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker cleared the harbor of the small fishing community in the upper Chesapeake Bay in 2003. It had been locked in ice and isolated for more than a week due to the extreme winter weather.
November 4th, 2011
08:17 AM ET
3 years ago

Polar icebreaker dispute ties up Coast Guard appropriations

Washington (CNN) - With the nation's only two heavy-duty polar icebreakers broken and out of service, the Obama administration and congressional Republicans are clashing on how best to put the U.S. Coast Guard back into the ice-busting business.

House Republicans, who say they want to force the administration's hand, are pushing a Coast Guard appropriations bill that would decommission the icebreaker Polar Star, which is now being repaired, in just three years, saying that keeping the 35-year-old ship afloat is "throwing good money after bad."

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  1. Sniffit

    "would decommission the icebreaker Polar Star, which is now being repaired, in just three years, saying that keeping the 35-year-old ship afloat is "throwing good money after bad."

    Translation: The GOP/Teatrolls want to throw umpteen million dollars at some defense contractor to build a new one or two of them.

    November 4, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Let's spin this into the GOP/Teatrolls recognizing that climate change and global warming are creating an urgent need for restoration of our polar icebreaking fleet and capabilities.

    November 4, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. diridi

    Do not cut Trees, Do not hurt Wild Life. Save the nation and planet. Focus on Green Energy, and Oil Independence. Less Population. EPA stand your guts, but do not come as hurdle for progress. People watch. Do not erect Biggest Homes just like you did, nor issue permits to these idiotic Building Contractors, Nation needs Manufacturing, not Construction, Nation needs Infrastructure, not Building Biggest Homes, and give tome dick and harry the Loans, and bankrupt this nation like you did before, do not give loans on temporary visas holders, and non-immigrants...good luck.......god bless.....

    November 4, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |