Courtney Statement On $5 Million In New Funding For The National Coast Guard Museum
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) made the following statement today on the bipartisan omnibus funding bill keeping the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. The legislation included $5 million in new funding for the National Coast Guard Museum:
“The Coast Guard occupies a special place in eastern Connecticut and our region is proud to be the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum,” said Courtney. “With nationwide fundraising efforts already underway to design and build the new museum, I am committed to ensuring that Congress do all it can to support this worthy project. I commend Senator Murphy for playing the pivotal role in securing this funding through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee. This is a huge boost to the national effort to create the long overdue museum, and sends a powerful signal that this effort has strong backing of the Congress, the federal government and the Coast Guard.”
Prior to passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2016 with the support of the Connecticut delegation, the Coast Guard was prohibited from using federal funding to support the design and construction of the museum. While a national private fundraising campaign was underway to raise the funds necessary to build the museum, the old law limited the ability for the Coast Guard to support efforts to preserve and display artifacts from its 225-year history at the museum. Section 219 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2016 amended the 2004 law to ensure that the Coast Guard can provide funding for “the design, fabrication, and installation of exhibits or displays in which such artifacts are included.
Courtney is a co-chair of the bipartisan House Coast Guard Caucus.
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