Putting the Coast Guard out to sea
from The New York Times
Despite the pressing need to cut government spending, under President Obama's spending proposal all the nation's military services are set to see their budgets increase — all, that is, except the Coast Guard, the nation's chronically overburdened maritime force, responsible for everything from global search and rescue to port security. Under the president's proposal, the Coast Guard's budget will decline by 3 percent, to $10.1 billion, smaller than many medium-sized agencies under the other services.
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