Electric Boat has been awarded about $40 million in Navy contracts over the past week, in part to help service the nation’s nuclear fleet.
An existing contract between the Navy and Electric Boat was modified Thursday to add $32.6 million for Electric Boat, “to provide a nuclear regional maintenance department,” according to a release issued by the U.S, Department of Defense.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy spent the day working at Electric Boat as part of a tour he does each Monday of a Connecticut manufacturer.
Murphy is a new member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, though that committee doesn’t award specific contracts, which are instead bid through individual governmental agencies.
Still, Murphy said the visit to Electric Boat would help him in future attempts to obtain federal funding for the company.
“We have a lot of work to do back in Washington, but after today, I feel better equipped than ever before to get Electric Boat the funding it needs to keep Connecticut’s hardworking residents busy, and our brave servicemen and women safe” Murphy said in a release.
General Dynamics, which owns Electric Boat, is very active in Washington politics. The company has filed more reports with the Appropriations Committee than any other nongovernmental organization on the 2015 Defense Department appropriations bill and has spent more than $10 million in lobbying activities every year since 2009.
During the 2014 election cycle, General Dynamics contributed $1.15 million to House of Representatives campaigns, plus $190,050 to Senate campaigns, including $1,000 to Murphy’s election bid.
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, received $36,150 from the company, the second-highest amount of money any officeholder received from General Dynamics during the 2014 election cycle.
According to a Department of Defense release issued last week, “The contract will also require project management, technical analysis, engineering and planning, training, inspection and nuclear services to accomplish intermediate-level nuclear submarine maintenance, modernization, and repairs in support of operational nuclear submarines, including maintaining and modernizing government-owned facilities and equipment and providing off-hull support of submarine maintenance.”
The original $20 million contract, which was announced in 2013, has been augmented several times in the past. The original contract had already grown to $65 million before last week’s $32.6 million addition.
An additional $7,038,334 was awarded to Electric Boat on Monday for the procurement of onboard repair parts.
General Dynamics was contracted under the leadership of Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover to build the United States’ first nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus, which launched from New London in 1954.
DeLauro Works to Stop Underage Drinking
A bill to reauthorize the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act was introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. The original STOP Act became law in 2006.
“The future of America is largely dependent on the ability of young people to make decisions that will help keep them healthy and safe,” DeLauro said in a release. “The STOP Act has helped minors across the country make smart decisions. It needs to be reauthorized so we can continue to build on the progress we have made since 2006. I am proud to join Congresswoman Roybal-Allard as a cosponsor of this important legislation.”
In addition to DeLauro, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., and 38 other original co-sponsors signed on to H.R. 1717, which would reauthorize the STOP Act. The legislation spells out the coordination of federal agencies’ efforts to combat underage drinking, and continues federal research and data collection on the issue.
“The programs in the original STOP Act have been successful in helping to reduce America’s underage drinking rate, but we still have more work to do,” Roybal-Allard said in a release. “Alcohol remains the most popular drug among our nation’s young people. It is critical that we reauthorize the STOP Act so that we can continue the good work accomplished by this important and effective legislation.”
The original STOP Act was only authorized through 2010.
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