Coast Guard Is ‘Approaching a Tipping Point’

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard is “approaching a tipping point” when it comes to maintaining a service that can respond in times of need, the service's top officer said Thursday, requesting more money from Congress and highlighting a backlog of projects that has stacked up for years.

Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard commandant, said that he is thankful for an increase in funding the service received in 2019 to build new vessels but that the service still has an operations budget that has “essentially been flatlined” over the past eight years.

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