August 24, 2019
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Shaheen argues for Maine shipyard investments as Trump’s border wall threatens funding

Alex Brandon | AP
Alex Brandon | AP
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., talks with a reporter after speaking on the Senate floor in this October 2018 AP file photo.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has spoken with the Secretary of the Navy to defend funding for projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery that could go instead toward the Trump administration’s plan for a border wall.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency last month to pursue money from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration has yet to determine which military construction projects will lose funding.

[Trump’s border wall could take away funding budgeted for Maine shipyard upgrades]

Shaheen said in her call with Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Wednesday, she stressed the importance of the Kittery shipyard’s infrastructure development to maintaining the nation’s submarine fleet and addressing the fleet’s maintenance backlog.

The Democrat said there are three shipyard military construction projects that could be impacted by Trump’s declaration, costing about $162 million.

 



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