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Courtney Statement on Navy Unfunded Requirements List

February 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today welcomed the submission of the Navy’s 2021 unfunded priority list. Of the items listed, the Navy ranked the restoration of the second 2021 Virginia-class submarine as its top priority.  

“It should be no surprise that restoring the second 2021 Virginia-class submarine ranks as the highest unfunded need for the Navy,” said Chairman Courtney. “Congress has consistently heard from Navy leaders, combatant commanders, and experts about the growing demand for submarine capabilities as countries like China and Russia step up their undersea activity. They have urgently warned us that we need more submarine construction, not less, in order to mitigate the nearly 20 percent reduction in the fleet we presently face within this decade. That’s why we worked so hard to achieve and sustain the two-a-year build rate since 2011, and why deviating from that plan, as proposed in the budget, makes little strategic sense at this critical time. 

“Congress has demonstrated its strong and bipartisan commitment to this second 2021 submarine, having already provided more than $1.1 billion in advanced funding to support it. I welcome and appreciate the Navy’s clear request to Congress to support restoration of this submarine as we begin deliberations on the 2021 defense budget next week. I thank Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, for recognizing the pressing strategic need for continued investment in our undersea capabilities, and look forward to working with him to ensure that the budget reflects this and other priorities.”

For Congressman Courtney’s full statement on the President’s FY21 budget request, click here.