Vice Chair Crowley Applauds Inclusion of New Maritime Academy Training Vessel Design in Transportation Funding Bill
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, applauded the inclusion of $22 million in the bill funding the Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development in FY2016, for the maintenance and repair of current training ships, as well as $5 million for the design of a new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel for the country’s six State Maritime Academies.
“Our maritime industry continues to play an essential role in our nation’s economy and national security,” said Rep. Crowley, whose district includes SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. “Yet, our maritime academies find themselves training our future generation of mariners on an aging fleet of vessels. The inclusion of these funds is welcome news and puts us one step closer to being able to provide the young men and women who will serve our country at sea with the resources necessary to be the best they can be.”
In December 2014, Crowley led 25 bipartisan members of Congress in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget urging the agencies to develop and support a plan to replace the aging ships used by our nation’s State Maritime Academies. In February, President Obama designated $5 million in his budget to design and replace aging ships.
Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.