Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ander Crenshaw and Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio today (12/14) announced that the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Authorization Conference Report includes $14.9 million in military construction funds that will keep Mayport nuclearization work on track. A vote on the Conference Report is expected in the House and Senate this week.
Congressman Crenshaw, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee said, “The House and Senate agreement is another win for Mayport and means military construction projects needed to homeport a nuclear aircraft carrier at the base will keep moving forward. Top military leaders have stated from day one that they stand behind the strategic imperative of two nuclear-capable homeports on the East Coast – one in Norfolk, one in Mayport. I couldn’t agree more and will continue my work to ensure the necessary resources are available for that work.”
Senator Nelson stated, “Despite repeated attempts by some lawmakers to block improvements needed to bring a nuclear carrier to Mayport, we’re still on track. Dispersing the carrier fleet is vital to our national security and that’s why it continues to have the support of the Pentagon and most in Congress.”
Senator Rubio stated “Homeporting an aircraft carrier at Mayport will make good on the Navy’s long standing requirement to strategically disperse our nation’s capital ships. This is a priority of the U.S. Navy that has been reinforced in the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review, and has been supported by both the Bush and Obama administrations. Today’s announcement is an important step towards realizing this national goal of safeguarding our carrier fleet. I am pleased that the House, Senate and Administration all continue to support this important move which is good for Florida, but also in the best national security interest of our nation.”