Courtney Appointed to Panel Tasked with Negotiating Final Defense Authorization
Washington, DC -- Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), ranking member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, was appointed to serve on the conference committee tasked with developing a final 2018 defense authorization bill.
“I am proud to have worked on a bipartisan basis to secure support for investments critical to Connecticut and our nation’s seapower in the House-passed NDAA,” Courtney said. “Our bill reflects hard and bipartisan work to grow our undersea fleet and invest in the growth of our Navy. As we move into conference, I will continue to seek bipartisan support for these priorities and ensure that our region is well placed in the final bill.”
Courtney previously highlighted his work in the House-passed NDAA, which can be found here: https://courtney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/courtney-statement-house-passage-ndaa-including-authorization-three-subs.
Examples of Courtney’s work in the House-passed 2018 NDAA
- Virginia Class Submarines – The House bill authorizes $6.2 billion for the Virginia class submarine program. Of the total, $3.3 billion supports two submarines in 2018, in line with the current block IV multi-year contract. The measure also includes a provision Courtney included to allow multiyear procurement authority for 13 Virginia-class attack submarines for the next five years at a minimum rate of two submarines per year and a possible three submarine build rate in 2020, 2022, and 2023. To support this increased production rate, the mark authorizes $2.9 billion in advanced procurement funds, $943 million that more than the budget request that Courtney secured, to prepare for the increased work.
- Columbia Class Submarine – fully supports the $1.9 billion requested for the development and design of Columbia class submarine, which will replace our fleet of Ohio-class SSBNs. Of the total, about $1 billion is authorized in research and development, $843 million in shipbuilding funds to support continued detailed design of the submarine, and other development efforts through the Office of Naval Reactors in the Department of Energy.
- National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund – The measure continues Courtney’s ongoing efforts to support and expand the NSBDF to provide the Navy with a greater range of tools to manage the construction of the new submarine. Specifically, the bill expands “continuous production” authority providing in last years NDAA to include a greater range of components. The bill also authorizes nearly $90 million to utilize two authorities Courtney worked to include in NSBDF: continuous production of missile tubes and advanced construction activities on the first Columbia class boomer, SSBN-826.
- Shipbuilding - the House bill authorizes 13 ships, 5 more than the President’s 2018 budget request. This includes an additional Arleigh Burke class destroyer, two littoral combat ships, a Puller class Expeditionary Support Base, and a San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock ship. The measure also would make it the policy of the United State to achieve a fleet of 355 ships, aligned with the Navy’s recent force structure assessment (FSA).
- C-130H Modernization – the House bill continues Congressman Courtney’s efforts to accelerate the modernization of the C-130H cargo aircraft fleet. In addition to fully supporting the efforts to upgrade the avionics of the fleet to meet new airspace requirements, the bill authorizes $147 million for additional upgrades for engines, propellers and other systems on the aircraft.
- Bradley Air National Guard Base Entry Control Point - Authorizes $7 million in military construction funds for construction of a new front gate and entry control point at the Bradley Air National Guard base. This project continues the unit’s transition to the new C-130H mission.
- BRAC – The House bill rejects the Trump Administration’s request for a new base closing round in 2021.
- DOD Impact Aid – the House bill authorizes $50 million for the DOD supplemental impact aid program, which provides support to communities like Groton with high proportions of military children in their schools. The DOD Impact Aid program is in addition to the primary Impact Aid program funded through the Department of Education, which does not fall within the jurisdiction of the House Armed Services Committee.