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Mikulski Announces $94M in Proposed Funding for Coast Guard Yard

In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, speaks during a news conference in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, speaks during a news conference in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced on Wednesday some $94 million in proposed funding for the U.S. Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay in 2016.

The Curtis Bay yard consists of 113 acres and employs some 600 military and civilian employees in Anne Arundel.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 includes millions of dollars of more than funding in the fiscal 2015, as well as President Barack Obama's budget request, according to a press release issued by Mikulski's office.

The bill includes $68 million for the yard's anchor project -- an increase of $19 million from the fiscal 2015. The funding will allow the Coast Guard at the yard to continue to perform missions, keep maintenance costs down and projects on schedule, as well as prevent a reduction in the yard's workforce, the press release states.

The bill also provides $26 million, $20 million more than the president's budget request, to replace the Oakridge Dry Dock -- an aging World War II floating dry dock that is beyond its service life. The funding will be used to remove the dry dock and expand the yard's shiplift rails.

The Senate is expected to take up the legislation later this week. The bill is under consideration in the House of Representatives.

The yard is the Coast Guards only shipbuilding and repair facility and its largest and most modern industrial plant.

"I am really proud of the men and women that work at the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay," Mikulski is quoted as saying in the release. "They fix the ships that patrol our ports, install new tools in the cutters that chase drug smugglers and update our fleet of anti-terrorism and update our fleet for anti-terrorism efforts."

"These federal funds will ensure that the Coast Guard can continue to do the work that is so crucial to America's homeland security and the economic security of Maryland, " Mikulski said.

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