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    Icebreakers, Pay Raise, New Cutters: House Adds $430M to Coast Guard Budget

    Icebreakers, Pay Raise, New Cutters: House Adds $430M to Coast Guard Budget

    The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an increase to the Coast Guard's fiscal 2024 budget, forwarding a bill to the full chamber that funds a 5.2% pay raise for members, a commercial icebreaker, four additional fast response cutters, and an extra HC-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

    The committee markup of the proposed fiscal 2024 Homeland Security budget, which allocates $91 billion in discretionary funds for the department, includes $13.65 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard — $40 million less than it received this year but higher than the White House request of $13.21 billion.

    The extra money would go to purchase the four additional ships, which are meant to boost the Coast Guard's operations in the Indo-Pacific region, along with one aircraft; and bolster funding for a multipurpose training facility at Coast Guard Training Center May, New , and maritime credentialing, among other programs.

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    The proposal also contains $150 million to purchase and modify a commercial icebreaker that would allow the Coast Guard to increase its presence in the Arctic while it waits for the first polar security cutter to be built. The ship, which has experienced numerous delays in its design phase, is now not expected to be delivered until at least 2026 or 2027.

    “The committee feels strongly that the nation needs…

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