IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 19, 2015
Ms. Cantwell (for herself, Ms. Murkowski, and Mr. Sullivan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services
To provide multiyear procurement authority for the procurement of up to six polar icebreakers to be owned and operated by the Coast Guard.
This Act may be cited as the
Icebreaker Recapitalization Act.
Multiyear procurement authority for polar icebreakers
Subject to section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, the Secretary of the Navy shall enter into multiyear contracts for the procurement of up to six heavy duty polar icebreakers and any systems and equipment associated with those vessels.
Authority for advance procurement
The Secretary may enter into one or more contracts, beginning in fiscal year 2016, for advance procurement associated with the vessels, systems, and equipment for which authorization to enter into a multiyear contract is provided under subsection (a).
Condition for Out-Year Contract Payments
A contract entered into under subsection (a) shall provide that any obligation of the United States to make a payment under the contract for a fiscal year after fiscal year 2016 is subject to the availability of appropriations or funds for that purpose for such later fiscal year.
Memorandum of agreement
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall enter into a memorandum of agreement establishing a process by which the Coast Guard, in concurrence with the Navy, shall—
identify the vessel specifications, capabilities, systems, equipment, and other details required for the design of heavy polar icebreakers capable of fulfilling Navy and Coast Guard mission requirements, with the Coast Guard, as the sole operator of United States Government polar icebreaking assets, retaining final decision authority in the establishment of vessel requirements;
oversee the construction of heavy polar icebreakers authorized to be procured under this section; and
to the extent not adequately addressed in the 1965 Revised Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Treasury on the Operation of Icebreakers, transfer heavy polar icebreakers procured through contracts authorized under this section from the Navy to the Coast Guard to be maintained and operated by the Coast Guard.