U.S. Senator Mark Begich yesterday inserted several provisions into the Homeland Security Appropriations bill aimed at supporting increased Coast Guard activity in the Arctic.
The bill is $493 million less than the Fiscal Year 2013 amount. Sen. Begich’s office said that this has been consistent in his call for eliminating unnecessary spending and setting priorities during this time of fiscal restraint.
Begich, who serves as chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, the Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, has been vocal in his support for greater icebreaking capabilities for the Coast Guard in order to accommodate increased shipping activity and oil and gas development in the Arctic.
Begich also was successful in requesting additional positions to address sexual assault in the Armed Forces. The state’s junior senator has been vocal in his concern about sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military and has been a consistent supporter of legislation to prevent sexual assault and to help victims of sexual assault.