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Courtney Named Ranking Member of Seapower Subcommittee

January 28, 2015
Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) was officially named the Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee for the 114th Congress today.  The panel—on which he has served since entering Congress in 2007—oversees a broad range of programs including shipbuilding, airlift, deep strike bombers, seaborne unmanned systems, and national security aspects of our domestic maritime programs. Courtney is the first Connecticut member to serve as Ranking Member or Chair of a Navy- or Seapower-related subcommittee in more than 40 years.
“I am incredibly proud to step into this new role,” Courtney said. “In my eight years serving on the Seapower subcommittee, including two as vice ranking member last session, I have found this panel to be one of the most bipartisan and productive in Congress. The issues that this subcommittee oversees are not only vital to Connecticut, but to our nation’s security today and in the future. During the past four Congresses, Seapower has led the way by boosting submarine production, blocking a reduction of our carrier fleet, and improving force protection by upgrading MRAP trucks. I am honored to join Chairman Randy Forbes, with whom I have worked closely on shipbuilding and submarine issues over the years, in leading this important subcommittee.
“We begin the work of the 114th Congress facing a number of important issues: supporting a robust shipbuilding plan, ensuring that we have the sea-based strike and intelligence gathering capabilities we need, and making certain that our Navy—like the rest of the Department of Defense—has the resources it needs in the face of fiscal constraints.  I also look forward to a greater focus on our domestic maritime and shipbuilding industry, which plays a vital role in our economy and our national security. I am eager to get to work.”
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-9) said, “Congressman Courtney has been a tremendous advocate for our Navy, our nation’s shipbuilding priorities and our domestic maritime industry. As someone who has served on the panel since his first days in Congress, Joe knows the issues and is well prepared to step into this important role.”