Pingree and Poliquin help sink submarine proposal that would hurt BIW

U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin helped thwart a bid Thursday to require the construction of three extra Virginia-class subs by reducing funding for other military hardware, including $250 million earmarked for Bath Iron Works destroyer program.

A bipartisan vote of 267-144 shot down the amendment sought by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Rob Whitman, R-Va., whose districts include companies that build submarines.

“In blocking this initiative, weve helped to ensure that the best shipbuilders in the world, the hardworking men and women of BIW, will continue to do this important work here in Maine, Pingree and Poliquin, Maine’s representatives from the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, respectively, said in a joint news release.

Pingree is a Democrat; Poliquin is a Republican.

Im glad that Congressman Poliquin and I were able to beat back this amendment, which would have wastefully diverted funds away from Bath Iron Works, Pingree said.

This is a big win for the thousands of hardworking, highly skilled shipbuilders in Bath, Poliquin said. Im thrilled this amendment was rejected, and I will continue to work to oppose any language that would cut funding from these ships. We must ensure that BIW can continue doing its important work to keep America strong, safe and free.

Courtneys amendment to the $675 billion defense bill sought to add more subs to counter what he said are growing threats from Russia and China.

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