Trump proposes $1.3 billion cut for Coast Guard

(WASHINGTON) — President Trump’s pledge Tuesday night to increase defense spending by $54 billion did not include the U.S. Coast Guard, which faces a $1.3 billion cut in its $10 billion budget for fiscal 2017, The Washington Times reported. Nearly half of the reduction would come from canceling $500 million for the ninth national security cutter designated for production by Ingalls Shipbuilding. “It’s nonsensical to pursue a policy of rebuilding the armed forces while proposing large reductions to the U.S. Coast Guard budget,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said Thursday in a letter to the president.

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By Professional Mariner Staff