Byrne Helps Secure Funding for Mobile Shipbuilders
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017.
The bill includes funding for three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in part by Austal USA. Austal employs over 4,000 people at their shipyard in Mobile.
In total, the bill includes $577.9 billion in funding, which is an increase of $5.2 billion over last year’s funding levels. The bill passed by a vote of 371 to 48.
Byrne said: “Ensuring our military men and women have the funding and resources to do their job is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. By passing the Defense Appropriations Act today, the House is further reaffirming our strong, bipartisan commitment to supporting the U.S. military.
“Working with my House and Senate colleagues, I am proud we were able to secure funding for the construction of three more Littoral Combat Ships. These ships are a key component of the Navy’s fleet, and the additional funding is vital to the future of the Austal shipyard in Mobile.
“I call on the Senate to quickly pass this funding bill and send it to President Trump’s desk for his signature.”
Among the other important provisions, the bill:
- Provides for 1,305,900 active-duty troops and 813,200 Guard and Reserve troops;
- Fully funds a 2.1% pay raise for the military;
- Funds ongoing military operations against ISIS and other terrorist organizations;
- Provides funding for 13 Navy ships, 74 F-35 aircraft, 61 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and other key military programs;
- Includes funding to address readiness shortfalls and much-needed maintenance; and
Boosts funding for research and development of new military technology.