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Washington, Alaska senators pave way for 4 new icebreakers

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WASHINGTON — The four U.S. senators from Washington and Alaska are seeking to authorize construction of as many as four new heavy-duty icebreakers, vastly expanding the Coast Guard’s beleaguered Seattle-based icebreaker fleet.

But with a price tag of $850 million or more per vessel, the odds of Congress going along seem about as good as a snowball’s chance in the warming polar climate.

The amendment to the 2014 Defense Authorization Act would allow the Navy to immediately sign multiyear contracts…

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