Courtney Request For New SUBASE Pier Funding Approved By House Appropriations Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Appropriations Committee today approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Veterans Affairs and Military Construction Appropriations Bill, which includes $72.3 million in federal funding for the replacement of Pier 32 at Naval Submarine Base New London.
“SUBASE New London has long been a critical asset for the U.S. Navy’s undersea fleet. The Appropriations Committee’s approval today of this major investment into Pier 32 is further confirmation that Congress, as well as the Navy, expects our submarine base to remain a valuable hub of activity for generations to come,” said Congressman Courtney. “As the Navy prepares to close the gap on shortfalls in its submarine fleet, and as the next generation of submarines is gearing up to be constructed right here in eastern Connecticut, the transformation of Pier 32 into a modern landing capable of accommodating multiple Virginia-class submarines couldn’t come at a more important time. This development is the result of a consistent, focused effort by our leadership at the submarine base—including former Commanding Officer Captain Paul Whitescarver—and from here in Congress. There is still more work to be done to get this project across the finish line, but today’s bipartisan approval of this investment in the future of the base is a great start.”
At an April 18, 2018 hearing in the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Navy officials confirmed to Congressman Courtney that funding was allocated in the 2019 budget to complete design and planning work for the new pier. Courtney previously announced in 2016 that about $5 million had been provided to begin planning and design work on the future pier project.
In April 2019, Courtney wrote to the House Appropriations Committee urging support for fully funding the project in FY2020. Click here to read the letter.
In the coming weeks, the Veterans Affairs and Military Construction Appropriations Bill will move to the House floor for final consideration. In early June, the House Armed Services Committee, of which Courtney is a senior member, will also begin work on the 2020 defense authorization bill, which must concurrently authorize military construction projects such as this.