U.S. Senate bill includes $6 million for new icebreaker

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in Alaska in 2008. (AP)
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in Alaska in 2008. (AP)
A bill moving through the U.S. Senate has $6 million for a new Coast Guard icebreaker.

That would make three years in a row of small appropriations for the ship, projected to cost nearly a billion dollars.

Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski is on a mission to get Congress and the Administration to make Arctic issues a bigger priority.

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