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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

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March 11, 2019 In The News

In a potential boon for Connecticut’s defense industry, the Pentagon upped its spending request Monday from two Virginia-class submarines to three per year starting in 2020, responding to pressure from Congress and the Navy.
The submarine funding is part of a $750 billion annual defense budget that is expected to be unveiled next week by President Donald Trump and submitted to Congress.

March 11, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s announcement is a welcome reversal from the Department of Defense which, just eight months ago, publicly opposed my efforts to increase fast attack submarine construction to three per year. This decision to finally accede to the demands of our combatant commanders and the work of the House Seapower Subcommittee sets out important work ahead for our subcommittee and the entire Congress to fulfill this request.
March 7, 2019 Press Release

Good afternoon. The combined Seapower and Projections Forces subcommittee and Readiness subcommittee meet today to hear from the United States Transportation Command and the Maritime Administration on the state of the military’s ability to move our forces in peacetime and times of potential conflict.

March 6, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s announcement by the Navy is another endorsement of the value that private shipyards contribute to the readiness of our submarine force,” said Congressman Courtney.
February 25, 2019 Press Release

Thank you Mr. Chairman and welcome Ranking Member Lamborn. I look forward to continuing the close and ongoing work between the Readiness and Seapower subcommittees that we have conducted over the past year and a half on the issues before us today. To new members of the subcommittees, today’s hearing is the fourth in a series of engagements our subcommittees have jointly held since a series of tragedies at sea claimed the lives of seventeen sailors in 2017, a number that far surpassed the number of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Syria that year.

February 4, 2019 Press Release
“The presence of Navy leadership, Vice Admiral Richard and Deputy Assistant Secretary Allison Stiller, is a powerful statement today of the importance to the Navy of this milestone event. And to the Virginia-class team – America’s most successful Navy shipbuilding program represented by Jeff Geiger, EB’s amazing leader, and Huntington Ingalls CEO Jennifer Boykin – bravo on
January 29, 2019 Press Release
“It is welcome news that the Court corrected a 17-year injustice today,” said Congressman Courtney.
January 23, 2019 Press Release
“I am honored to be named chairman of what I consider to be one of the most bipartisan and effective panels in Congress,” Congressman Courtney said. “This subcommittee oversees some of the most critical capabilities on, below, and above the seas at a time when our nation needs them most. Ensuring that our Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and maritime sector has the support they need has been a bipartisan priority for this panel since I joined in 2007 – and will continue to be as we start our work in the 116th Congress. I am particularly excited by the influx of new members with a breadth of experience joining our panel, and look forward to their insight and involvement in our work ahead.”
January 14, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s announcement from Mr. Geiger and Electric Boat is good news for eastern Connecticut and for the state,” said Congressman Courtney. “This year’s projection of nearly 900 new hires represents a continued strong, upward trajectory for both the local and regional economies and builds on over 1,000 new hires in Connecticut over the past year.
January 4, 2019 Press Release
“This announcement isn’t just good news for Electric Boat, its good news for our submarine force” said Courtney. “Recent reports from the CBO and the GAO have underscored the urgent and growing need for the Navy to better utilize our private sector shipyards to ensure that our submarines – both new boats like Delaware and the existing fleet – get the timely maintenance and modernization they need. As demand for undersea capabilities continue to grow, it is more important than ever that the Navy use every tool at its disposal to get submarines the maintenance they need – and back out to see as quickly as possible.

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