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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

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October 27, 2015 Press Release
“The award of the contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber today is an important and welcome step forward in ensuring that our nation retains our critical strike and power projection capabilities.” Courtney said. “As testimony before our subcommittee has shown definitively, our nation’s ability to project power and strike from far distances is a cornerstone of our warfighting capabilities – both now and well into the future. In the coming months, Congress must do all it can on a bipartisan basis to support this program, while also providing the necessary oversight to ensure successful execution. As ranking member of the House Seapower and Projections Forces Subcommittee, I look forward to working with the Air Force, industry and my colleagues in Congress to ensure success of this critical national priority.”
September 29, 2015 Press Release
That is why the development of the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, is integral to defeating those A2/AD challenges, and to advancing our nation’s power projection abilities. I strongly support the LRS-B program, and Congress must do all it can to ensure that it moves forward without delay. While our witnesses will be limited on what they can say about the program in this setting, I look forward to their testimony on the need for retaining our long range strike capabilities and the status of the program to date.
September 28, 2015 Op-Ed
Earlier this month, five Chinese naval warships entered U.S. territorial waters off the coast of Alaska. In acknowledging the transit of these vessels, the United States made clear we viewed this action as well within the rights of China — and any other nation — to conduct innocent passage through the legitimately established territorial seas and nonthreatening military activities within the exclusive economic zone of another country.
September 9, 2015 Press Release
LRS-B will occur in a time of intense budget pressure, not just within the Air Force alone but across the entirety of the Department of Defense. Yet, with the aircraft expected to be in service well into this century, it is important that we get this right. As such, is it important that this panel, and the nation, fully understand the challenges ahead and options available to ensure that we retain credible and robust long range strike capabilities well into the future.
April 30, 2015 Press Release
Washington—Early this morning, the House Armed Services Committee approved the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes full funding for submarine construction and procurement. Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the bill’s passage:
 
April 23, 2015 Press Release

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This is my first mark-up as Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and I am proud that this measure reflects the bipartisan and in-depth work that our panel has done over the last several months. I want to thank you, our office and committee staff and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working together to produce what I believe is a very solid mark.

April 22, 2015 Press Release
“This is my first mark-up as Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and I am proud that this measure reflects the bipartisan and in-depth work that our panel has done over the last several months,” said Courtney.
March 18, 2015 Press Release

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to take a moment to welcome our colleagues from the Coast Guard and Maritime Subcommittee, who join us today to review the new Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.

March 4, 2015 Press Release

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

Today’s hearing is a look at an important but perhaps overlooked element of our subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The witnesses from the Air Force will provide important insight into the budget request as it relates to “projection forces,” and I look forward to their testimony.

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