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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Defense & National Security

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March 20, 2018 Press Release
Our subcommittee responded to this clear demand signal by giving the Navy the authority to procure up to 13 Virginia class submarines in the next block contract – three more than was planned. This plan, which passed on a bipartisan basis starting with this panel and is now law, was crafted to take advantage of capacity in the industrial base between years that we are building the Columbia class SSBN.
March 14, 2018 Press Release
The 2019 budget request for these programs reflects the challenging balancing act facing the Air Force and the Congress. For instance, the budget continues significant investment in major replacement programs like the B-21 bomber and the KC-46 tanker. At the same time, a large portion of the request also covers a range of modernization efforts aimed at keeping older legacy bombers and tankers operational and relevant for years to come.
March 7, 2018 Press Release
“I am very pleased that the military was able to provide a resolution for our service members, who clearly deserve Imminent Danger Pay when operating in hostile environments in the Sahel region of Africa,” said Courtney.
March 6, 2018 Press Release
As the 30 year shipbuilding plan clearly shows, this budget does not achieve the minimum Navy force size the Navy says it needs until the 2050s. Looking closely at the budget and the shipbuilding plan, it is clear that there is still substantial “meat on the bone” where industrial base capacity may exist to add further ships and capabilities to the fleet.
January 22, 2018 Press Release
“Today’s announcement from Electric Boat that strong hiring is planned in 2018 and beyond is a continuation of great economic news for our region and the entire state,” said Courtney. “As the ranking member of the House Seapower subcommittee for the last three years during the period when Congress expanded submarine construction authority, I will continue to work closely with the Navy and Electric Boat leadership to build upon this success."
January 18, 2018 Press Release
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you Secretary Spencer and Admiral Richardson for your presence here today to update our subcommittees, and the American people, on the results of your reviews of last year’s Navy ship collisions. This is the fourth engagement we have held on topic which is of the highest urgency, given the unacceptable level of fatalities in a non-combat setting which occurred in 2017. For many members, even those who hail from districts far from the Western Pacific, these collisions strike close to home. In Connecticut, two outstanding Sailors – Electronics Technician 2nd Class Dustin Doyon of Suffield and Sonar Technician 2nd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh (pronounced “Nop - Troong - When”) of Watertown lost their lives. It is the duty of all of us to ensure that bold, systemic change happens to protect our sailors and ships from similar tragedies in the future.
January 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, co-chairs of the Congressional Submarine Caucus, Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01), and Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02), released a bipartisan letter that was sent to the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations requesting increased funding for submarines in the final appropriations bill for FY 2018. Specifically, the letter asks for increased construction funding to match the funding levels in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

December 14, 2017 Press Release
“I want to thank Secretary Spencer for conducting this Strategic Review to complement the work of Admiral Richardson’s Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents that was released last month,” said Courtney. “The Secretary’s review is critical to examining the high-level, structural issues that have contributed to a degradation of our surface force readiness, and the tragedies that have occurred in the Pacific over the past 18 months.
November 14, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joe Courtney, Ranking Member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, spoke today on the House floor in support of the final conference report on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
November 8, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, hailed the completion of the conference report to the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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