Sending Office: Honorable Jack Bergman
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
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
Michelle.Jelnicky@mail.house.gov. This letter will close COB on March 12.
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
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
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
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