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Senator Murray Includes Job-Supporting Coast Guard Funding in Senate Spending Bill

Jul 15 2010

Funding will support boat construction in Kent, Washington

(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that she included $62 million in the 2011 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to support acquisition of Coast Guard Response Boats.  The boats are constructed at Kvichak Marine in Kent, Washington.

“This funding supports an important Coast Guard project and provides a shot in the arm to Washington state’s maritime industry at a critical time,” said Senator Murray.  “It will allow us to move forward with projects that are in our nation’s interest while supporting new good-paying, high-skilled jobs in our region.” 

"Once again, Senator Murray has stepped up to help fund the Coast Guard's Response Boat Medium (RBM) program.  Kvichak is building the Coast Guard's newest, most advanced vessel at our new Kent facility for deployment nationwide.  Senator Murray's ongoing support has helped us create close to 100 jobs in a difficult economy for boat builders.  This additional funding will speed deployment of RBM's, one of the Coast Guard's highest priority procurement programs.  This is a huge win for the Coast Guard and a huge win for maritime manufacturing jobs in Washington state at companies like Kvichak Marine and our suppliers," said Keith Whittemore, President of Kvichak Marine, Inc.

Senator Murray included $62 million for the Response Boat-Medium, which is a $20 million increase over the President’s budget and is a Coast Guard priority. Kvichak Marine has hired about 100 new skilled workers at its Kent facility to build the RB-M. The RB-M will replace the Coast Guard’s old 41 foot utility boats, which have reached the end of their service lives.

Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Coast Guard funding was announced today after the Senate Appropriations Committee met to consider the Fiscal Year 2011 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.