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Spending bill funds Polar Security Cutter

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The spending bill signed into law February 15 by President Trump —the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 — includes seven regular appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, including the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019.

While that part of the act did not provide the funding sought by the Administration for a border wall, it did contained some good news for the Coast Guard.

According to the explanatory statement released by the House-Senate conference committee, the act provides $655 million for production of the first Polar Security Cutter (PSC) heavy icebreaker and $20,000,000 for long lead time materials for a second PSC.

It also funds increases of: $5 million for post-delivery activities for the tenth National Security Cutter; $2.6 million for post-delivery activities for an eleventh National Security Cutter, $5 million for survey and design work to support the acquisition of a Great Lakes icebreaker; and $100 million for additional Fast Response Cutters.

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