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Congressman Courtney Statement on Senate Armed Services Committee Approval of Third Submarine Funding

May 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, issued the following statement after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted yesterday to approve its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 defense authorization bill. The bill includes authorization similar to the funding included in the defense spending bill which advanced in the House of Representatives last week, which provides funding for two Virginia class submarines in 2020, as well as $1.5 billion in advanced procurement funds needed to support construction of the third Virginia class submarine requested in the budget and planned for execution in 2023.

“It’s good news that the Senate Armed Services Committee, in alignment with actions taken by the House Appropriations Committee last week, include authorization for a third submarine in its FY20 National Defense Authorization Act,” said Congressman Courtney. “As Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, I’ve been working with my colleagues and their staffs on both sides of the aisle–and on both sides of the Capitol–to get this sort of coordination between the House and Senate Appropriations and Armed Services committees. We’ve heard clear testimony from Navy officials that additional submarines are urgently needed to support our nation’s security, and I'll continue to work to unify the four key defense spending committees, as well as leadership on both sides of the aisle, as we get closer to the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of this year’s defense spending bill in the coming weeks.”

Courtney’s multi-year effort to expand new subcommittee construction over and above the current two-a-year rate. Last month, Courtney led 74 bipartisan members of the House in supporting additional submarine construction in the 2020 defense appropriations bill.   

Background on Chairman Courtney’s Years-Long Push to Increase Virginia-class Submarine Construction to Expand Submarine Construction beyond the Two a Year: