Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (6/14) announced that funds to continue preparing Naval Station Mayport to homeport a nuclear aircraft carrier move forward with House passage of the Fiscal Year 2012 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill (HR. 2055).
The measure, which Crenshaw voted for in committee on May 24 and on the House floor on Tuesday, contains infrastructure and planning and design funds for nuclearization projects at Naval Station Mayport. The legislation also contains funds for P-8 Poseiden and Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aerial System facilities at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The bill passed by a vote of 411-5.
"Mayport nuclearization funds move forward today with a strong boost from the full U.S. House of Representatives," said Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. "Next stop is the United States Senate where I fully expect the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee to agree with top defense and military personnel and approve the funds."
"Years of analysis, study, and review at the highest levels make ironclad case that the East Coast needs two nuclear aircraft carrier homeports -- one of them in Jacksonville," Crenshaw continued. "I have always agreed and will fight on until the day a carrier sails in to homeport at Naval Station Mayport."
The House and Senate Armed Committee and the House and Senate Appropriations Committee have already approved over $77 million in funds for projects needed to make Naval Station Mayport a nuclear homeport in the Fiscal Year 2010 and Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations and authorization defense bills.