Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus Reaches Major Milestone

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, chaired by Reps. Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), has reached a major milestone with the addition of its 100th member.  The Caucus was established in 2005 to educate lawmakers about the shipbuilding industry. The Caucus also works to promote the enactment of budgets and policies geared toward rebuilding our sea services and shipbuilding industrial base.  Today, it is one of the largest and most proactive caucuses in Congress.
“As Members of Congress, we have a constitutional responsibility to maintain our nation’s naval fleet,” Congressman Taylor said.  “Conversely, we also have a duty to ensure that the maintains a strong shipbuilding industrial base so we can continue to build the best ships in the world to support our sea services.” 
The shipbuilding industry is not just confined to states that have shipyards.  There are 47 states that have first-tier manufacturers making systems and components for ships.  It is not just a matter of national security, but also a national strategic industry.
 “A strong shipbuilding industry is critical for the security of the . As the nature of modern warfare continues to evolve, it is imperative that we have a forum to share ideas and information on maintaining American naval dominance. I am pleased that so many of my colleagues share my commitment to this principle and I look forward to working with every caucus member as we continue to look for ways to help strengthen this vital industry,” said Congressman


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