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House Approves Mayport Upgrade Money

4:57 PM, Jul 10, 2009   |    comments
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NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, FL -- Today marked another positive step for the future of Mayport.

The House of Representatives followed Rep. Ander Crenshaw's lead and voted yes to a key funding project necessary to make Mayport capable of serving as homeport to a nuclear carrier.

In a 415-3 vote, the House passed legislation including over $46 million for dredging and wharf improvements.

"The House of Representatives has placed national security above all else by funding projects that are key to Naval Station Mayport's mission, and I'm proud to be in that company," said Crenshaw, a Member of the House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

With its passage in the House, the legislation must now pass the full Senate in voting expected to take place next week.

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee handling this money also voted for passage.

Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez both sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

At issue is the nation's East Coast carrier fleet.

All five carriers along the Atlantic Coast are homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.

Florida's leaders believe one carrier should be moved to Mayport; Virginia's leaders disagree.

The Navy has approved the move, but the Obama administration has said they will take another look.

Count on First Coast News for complete coverage of the Mayport carrier decision.

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