Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress [Updated July 12, 2022] [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Introduction: "This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program--the Coast Guard's program for acquiring new PSCs (i.e., heavy polar icebreakers). The Coast Guard's proposed FY2023 budget requests $167.2 million in procurement funding for the PSC program and $125.0 million in procurement funding for the purchase of an existing commercially available polar icebreaker that would be used to augment the Coast Guard's polar icebreaking capacity until the new PSCs enter service. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Administration's FY2023 procurement funding request for the PSC program, and, more generally, whether to approve, reject, or modify the Coast Guard's overall plan for procuring new polar icebreakers. Congress's decisions on this issue could affect Coast Guard funding requirements, the Coast Guard's ability to perform its polar missions, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34391
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/