Jack Bergman

From the office of:

Jack Bergman

Sending Office: Honorable Jack Bergman
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Support State Maritime Academies 

Current Signers: Current Signers: Bergman, Pingree, Garamendi, DeSaulnier, M. Thompson,
Zeldin, Lowenthal, Lynch, Peters, Brownley, Swalwell, D. Young, Keating, S. Davis, Golden, K. Rice, McEachin, Courtney,
Babin, McGovern, Kennedy, Moulton, Huizenga

Dear Colleague, 

Please join Reps Bergman and Pingree in requesting funding for our State Maritime Academies in the Fiscal Year 2021 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The six State Maritime Academies (SMA) work closely
with the federal government to prepare students for their roles in fulfilling federal priorities and train our future mariners to play an integral role in maintaining our economic and national security.  

Text of the letter is below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Jelnicky at This letter will close COB on March 12. 


Jack Bergman
Member of Congress

Chellie Pingree
Member of Congress

Letter Text:

The Honorable David Price                                       The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart
Chairman                                                                    Ranking Member
Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee          Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee
2358-A Rayburn House Office Building                   2358-A Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515                                            Washington, DC  20515

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

We write to thank you for the Committee’s previous funding of State Maritime Academies (SMA) and request continued SMA support in the Fiscal Year 2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Other Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill.

In FY18, FY19, and FY20, Congress sufficiently funded the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) Program and other SMA programs including direct payments, student incentive payments, school ship maintenance and repair, and fuel assistance. 
For FY 21, we respectfully request funding for State Maritime Academy programs to be consistent with, or above, enacted FY20 levels.

To that end, we support the following funding levels for State Maritime Academy programs in FY21 THUD Appropriations bill:

·         $300 million for the National Security Multi Mission Vessel Program
·         $6 million for Direct Payments
·         $2.4 million for Student Incentive Programs
·         $30.5 million for maintenance and repair
·         $3.8 million for fuel assistance
·         $8 million for ship-sharing support

The maritime industry is an essential part of our nation’s economy and plays a critical role in national security. Civilian mariners provide logistical support for operational and deployed forces. This funding is critical for the six State Maritime
Academies’ ability to produce licensed mariners needed for our economic and national security. The federal support to our SMA’s provides needed resources to help the SMA’s prepare their students for their role in these federal priorities.

Thank you for your continued support for our nation’s maritime industry. 


__________________________                                                        ___________________________

Jack Bergman                                                                                     Chellie Pingree
Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress


Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information:Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, Transportation

Related Deadline Information

Deadline Title: This Letter Closes COB March 12
Deadline Start: 2/24/2020 11:00:00 AM
Deadline End: 3/12/2020 6:00:00 PM

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