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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney and the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, by a vote of 350 to 69. The bill supports continued two-a-year production of Virginia Class Submarines, ongoing development of the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) and denies a request for a new base closing round. Among its provisions, the bill fully invests in programs critical to Connecticut’s defense industry.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), and Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy announced that Electric Boat in Groton will receive $22.5 million to support the continued development of a joint missile compartment for new SSBNs for the United States and the United Kingdom. This funding is part of the five year design contract announced in December 2012 to support research and development to replace the current fleet of Ohio Class Submarines.
WASHINGTON—As the federal government resumes its regular operations after the House Republican-led government shutdown, Congressman Joe Courtney released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ return to normal service:
Congressman Courtney today applauded Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s announcement that the Navy will place women on two Groton-based Virginia Class Attacks Submarines, the USS Virginia and the USS Minnesota.
“Today’s announcement reflects the outstanding performance of our female submariners in submarine training programs and in service on our SSBNs and SSGNs. Further integrating women into our submarine force is a welcome step forward and will ensure that the Navy can continue to maximize the skill and talent of all those seeking to serve our country.”
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced a $25.7 million Navy contract for Electric Boat to perform maintenance and modernization upgrades to the USS Providence, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.
WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement in reaction to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that have claimed at least twelve lives:
Washington—Yesterday, at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) questioned Secretary of State John Kerry, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the situation in Syria. Courtney highlighted the merits of an international response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, rather than a unilateral action by the United States. Click here to watch the video.
Norwich—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced that Mystic Seaport will receive a competitive matching grant of $80,343 through the Museums for America program to help fund a project to digitally catalog nearly 5,000 historical objects, documents, and photographs. The selected artifacts will be incorporated into an online learning project for students and teachers, as well as programming related to the recent launch and planned 2014 voyage of Mystic Seaport’s flagship, the Charles W. Morgan.
Washington—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement on Syria:
“Last night, the administration took a good first step in crafting the U.S. reaction to the events in Syria by briefing Congressional leaders. While a course of action is still being formulated, I am pleased to hear that the administration is not considering any ground invasion or open-ended military commitment. After ten years and two wars in the Middle East, any indefinite commitment of our military forces is an unacceptable option.
WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees will be reduced from 11 days to six. Furloughs went into effect on July 8 after sequestration forced the Defense Department to make deep cuts to their FY13 budget.