Byrne Secures Authorization for Additional Austal Ship in NDAA
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee, on which he serves, approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 by a vote of 56-0. The bill included a Byrne amendment authorizing $260 million to construct an additional Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel at Austal Mobile. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for a vote for passage.
Congressman Byrne said: “Today’s defense authorization bill received strong bipartisan support and will ensure that the men and women of our military have the resources necessary to protect American interests and safety. Like most legislation, the bill isn’t perfect, but the committee’s willingness to work together towards a common goal should be a template for the entire House of Representatives to follow.
“It is great news for Southwest Alabama and our entire nation that the committee accepted my amendment to authorize the construction of an additional EPF at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. Passage of this amendment acknowledges the critical role the 4,000 men and women at Austal Mobile play in supporting our nation’s military readiness and moving us closer to our goal of a 355-ship fleet. In fact, just this week we reached a landmark when the Austal-built USS Oakland LCS was delivered to the Navy, becoming the 300th ship in our Navy’s fleet. Construction of an additional EPF will strengthen Austal’s footprint in Mobile and bolster its contributions to our national defense, and I hope Congress moves quickly to pass this bill into law.”
The NDAA sets policy and authorizes funding for the entire United States military and has been passed by the House each year for the previous 59 years. The bill is expected to receive a vote in the House as soon as this month.