The Puget Sound area has fared well this week as the 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill passed through the Subcommittee on Defense with bipartisan support.
In a release, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, commended the inclusion of critical federal funding within the bill for defense projects in Washington. Those projects include several of Murray’s key priorities including an additional $1 billion for a new heavy icebreaker and $25 million for the Special Victims’ Counsel programs.
Other items of local interest include $12 million for two additional Mark VI Patrol Boats manufactured by Safe Boats in Tacoma; $2 million to continue research into noise reduction for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler; and an additional $207 million to procure two C-40A aircraft manufactured by Boeing in Renton.
The $1 billion provided for a new heavy icebreaker will help protect America’s national security interests in the Arctic, according to the release. The U.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle is home to the nation’s icebreaking fleet.
Sen. Murray also secured an additional $25 million to expand the Special Victims’ Counsel programs to ensure every military survivor of sexual assault receives legal advice and advocacy.
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