Washington, DC – Congresswoman Shea-Porter today announced that she was able to secure $9 million in funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. Shea-Porter secured $2 million for the consolidation of structural shops and $7 million for Gate 2 at the Shipyard. The bill, which also increases funding for veterans health care by 58 percent and provides funding for military construction, passed by a bipartisan vote of 415 to 3.
“The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is critical to both our local economy and our national defense and I am committed to ensuring it remains properly funded,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I am pleased that I was able to secure this important funding for the Shipyard, which will increase the yard’s efficiency and safety.”
The House Passes Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
- provides quality health care for 5 million veterans;
- increases health care access for veterans in rural communities;
- invests in 28 new Vet Centers and 30 new Community Based Outpatient Centers;
- expands eligibility for VA health care to an estimated 266,000 non-service-disabled veterans (Priority 8 veterans);
- assists homeless veterans by increasing funding for the Presidential Initiative to combat homelessness;
- increases funding for mental health care for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan;
- offers supportive services for low-income veterans and families;
- reduces the Veterans Claims Backlog;
- increases funding for military construction;
- invests in child care centers for military families; and
- funds overseas contingency operations.