>Senate Approves Coast Guard Spending Bill

>The Senate on Friday gave unanimous approval to a Coast Guard spending bill that includes an expansion of oil-spill-response requirements in Puget Sound and reforms to a multibillion Coast Guard contracting program sought by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Senate passage of the spending bill also could set the stage for congressional approval of a sweeping overhaul of federal fishery-safety laws that are contained in a companion bill approved by the House. Read full Seattle Times article.

Extensive information about the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 3619) is available here.