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"Congress would work far more effectively if every congressman took the approach of U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney" New London Day, 10/31/2012
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"Courtney has shown himself to be a dedicated public servant and tireless worker committed to serving the needs of Eastern Connecticut" Norwich Bulletin, 10/28/2012
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"Courtney is a bright, energetic and hard-working member of Congress who has earned another term." Hartford Courant, 10/25/2012

CAMPAIGN NEWS

10 subs

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About Joe’s work on behalf of the Submarine Capital of the World:

Winning — and protecting — the two submarine a year build rate. When Congressman Courtney took office, Electric Boat was only building one submarine a year, and, for the first time in 50 years, was not designing the next generation of submarines. In his first year in Congress, Courtney won the support needed to begin building two submarines a year beginning in 2011 as part of the Block III contract (2008-2012) — a year earlier than the Navy planned and the first time that had happened in Groton since the 1980s.  And, when a budget proposal in 2012 suggested breaking the two-a-year production rate in 2014, Courtney worked across the aisle to secure the resources and authority needed to restore that submarine through the defense policy and funding bills – leading directly to the five year, ten boat Block IV (2014-2018) contract announced earlier this year, dubbed by Navy officials as the “largest shipbuilding contract in the history of the Navy.”  (Navy Times, 4/28/14)

The effort to restore a second Virginia-class submarine in the plans for 2014 cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when a congressional subcommittee included funding for it in a defense spending bill, U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney…announced. In its version of the bill that authorizes appropriations for fiscal 2013, the subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee included $778 million to purchase parts with long lead times for the second submarine. The president’s proposed budget calls for building one Virginia-class submarine in 2014 instead of twoThe work on the second submarine in 2014 represents about 2 million man hours annually for five years at Electric Boat’s facilities in Grotonenough work to keep 800 to 1,000 people busy. Delaying the purchase of the submarine would force layoffs and add an estimated $600 million to the cost of the program since labor and parts will cost more four years later and disrupting the schedule creates inefficiencies, which lead to higher costs, according to EB. (New London Day, 4/25/12)

After months of negotiations, the Navy and EB signed the contract for the construction of 10 Virginia-class submarines… Under the five-year agreement, EB’s Groton shipyard and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, the subcontractor, will jointly build two ships per year from fiscal 2014 to 2018. A previous budget proposal had capped the purchase of Virginia-class submarines at nine, but Congress then directed the military to include 10 submarines in its next multi-year contract and said the Navy could pay for the parts and services for the submarines over a set number of years instead of having to fund the ships fully upfront.  (New London Day, 4/29/14)

Economic stability is certainly something worth celebrating, and the recently announced U.S. Navy five-year, $17.6 billion contract with Electric Boat will provide that stability to our region. Connecticut’s congressional delegation, and in particular U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District…deserve credit in securing this long-term contract for 10 submarines to be built over the next five years. The Navy’s long-term commitment will not only provides job security for the 11,000 EB workers at the shipyard, but it also provides economic security across the state. More than 300 vendors statewide provide supplies and materials to the company. The Navy contract will have positive economic rippling effect giving a real boost to the state’s manufacturing sector. (Norwich Bulletin, May 1 2014)  

Investing in EB’s Future. When Joe got to Congress, Electric Boat was not designing the next generation of submarine – the first time that our region’s talented submarine designers and engineers were not actively working on a new sub in over 50 years.  Joe got right to work – securing over $8 million in “seed” money to get EB working on the initial concept studies for the replacement of our fleet of Ohio-Class submarines in his first term.  Since then, Joe has worked to secure and protect critical funding for a new SSBN submarine, fighting back an amendment in 2013 that would have cut funding for development efforts on the new submarine (Roll 382, 7/23/13). And, as one of the top leaders on a key naval subcommittee, Joe has worked to create a new program to finance the design and construction of this vital submarine. Thanks to the steady investment in the Ohio Replacement, EB decided to move into the Pfizer building in New London to make room the hundreds of new engineers hired to support he work– and plans to hire hundreds more

The credit for these new, high-paying jobs belongs to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn.  In 2008, Courtney and Lieberman, both members of their respective chambers’ Armed Services Committee, secured $8.2 million to provide the initial seed money for the design of the next generation of Ohio-class SSBN submarines, the Navy’s Trident subs. The next year, 2009, Courtney and Lieberman secured the $495 million for expanded research, development and conceptual studies of the program — thus creating the need for Electric Boat to expand its engineering and design department.”  (Norwich Bulletin, 6/26/10)

About two-thirds of [Electric Boat’s] business today is building Virginia-class attack submarines. But when EB starts manufacturing the class of 12 ballistic-missile submarines, building each one, by sheer weight, will be akin to building three attack submarines…[Former EB President Kevin Poitras] predicted the company eventually will need several thousand more employees to do it…When construction begins, and EB is at the same time building two Virginia-class submarines a year with Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, the shipyard could need as many as 16,000 people in Groton and at its Quonset Point manufacturing facility, Poitras said. EB currently employs about 11,400 people. The shipyard most likely wouldn’t have bought New London property from Pfizer two years ago if the Navy didn’t want a new ballistic-missile submarine, and would need only about half of the 4,500 designers and engineers it employs.  (New London Day, 8/19/12)

Courtney… helped insert policy language into the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization act that would set up a fund outside of the Navy’s shipbuilding budget to pay for the 12 ballistic-missile submarines. Otherwise, he said, the $80 billion design and construction program would “basically suffocate” the other shipbuilding programs. (Hartford Courant 5/6/14)

Subcommittee member Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) is leading the effort to create a special fund out of concern that the Ohio-class submarine replacement program would otherwise consume too much of the Navy’s shipbuilding budget. (National Journal 5/7/14)

Investing in the Future of Submarine Base New London. Our submarine base is a critical part not only of our nation’s defense, but of our region’s rich maritime tradition.  While there is no threat to close the base today, we must remain vigilant and continue to ensure that the base remains prepared to accomplish its most important mission – the training and support of our submarine force.  That’s why Joe Courtney has worked tirelessly to build support for new construction projects that improve the base’s infrastructure and increase it’s value to the military.  Since 2007, he’s brought over $80 million to the base which is being used to build a new training center, replace a key waterfront pier, provide an all-year all-weather firing range for small arms training and improve the waterfront operations center.

“It was encouraging to see the show of support from …U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, for the Groton submarine base this week during the official dedication of a new pier and a culinary training center. The $36 million pier is a significant investment by the Navy and an important improvement at the base. In past Base Closure and Realignment rounds, Groton’s aging infrastructure — and in particular its piers — have contributed to weakening the overall military value rating of the installation. Groton is the Navy’s oldest submarine base. Courtney, and U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., both members of their respective Armed Services committees, have secured tens of millions of dollars for improvements at the base since it was last targeted for closure in 2005 in an effort to enhance the facility’s military value.”  (Norwich Bulletin 4/13/12)