Coast Guard Icebreakers & Arctic Base
|Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 32|
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Joule, Rep. Foster, Rep. Edgmon, Rep. Austerman, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Saddler, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Pruitt, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Olson, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Petersen, Rep. Gruenberg, Sen. Gardner, Sen. Wielechowski, Sen. Dyson, Sen. Giessel, Sen. Huggins, Sen. Wagoner, Sen. French, Rep. Olson, 0, Sen. Paskvan, Sen. Menard, Sen. Ellis, Sen. Meyer, Sen. Hoffman, Sen. McGuire, Sen. Davis, Sen. Egan, Rep. Thomas, Sen. Stedman, Sen. Stevens
“Urging the United States Congress to fund all the facilities and vessels necessary for the United States Coast Guard to fulfill its Arctic missions, including icebreakers and an Arctic Coast Guard base.”
Posted: February 12, 2012 : v27-LS1303-A
The entire Arctic region is experiencing increased human activity related to shipping, oil and gas development, commercial fishing, and tourism and this increased activity leads to a commensurate need for immediate investment in the United States Arctic to enable the responsible development of resources; foster maritime commerce; safeguard the well-being of Arctic residents and ecosystems; facilitate emergency and disaster preparedness and response; and protect United States sovereignty.
The Coast Guard's mission in the Arctic is broad and it's becoming increasingly clear that the Coast Guard lacks the necessary assets to adequately complete its mission - without a corresponding increase in Arctic investment by the United States, this deficiency will only worsen over time. Having a sufficient number of ice-capable vessels (including shallow-draft vessels with icebreaking capability) is vital for the Coast Guard to fulfill its expanding mission in the Arctic.
Congress and the Administration are mandated by multiple laws and policies to maintain icebreaking operations, including:
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