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Senate Approves Funding for Mayport
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The U.S. Senate today just approved a new military construction spending plan for the Defense Department that includes nearly $17 million for more work aimed at putting a nuclear carrier at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville.

Specifically, most of those funds will be used for widening one of the main roads to the base where the Navy will be moving a nuclear carrier from Norfolk, Virginia.  Last month, the House passed a similar bill containing an identical amount for Mayport.  The spending bill now heads to a joint House-Senate panel charged with ironing out difference between each chamber’s versions.   Both chambers approved the money for Mayport despite repeated attempts by Virginia lawmakers to block the funding.    

“Today’s Senate vote clearly shows the move continues to have the full backing of a majority of lawmakers who want to do what the Navy wants done,” Nelson said, citing the reason behind it being to disperse the Navy’s Atlantic fleet from one to two ports. 

Besides Mayport there were a host of other Florida military construction projects included in the Senate passed spending bill.  Prominent among them:

Jacksonville area:

Naval Station Mayport – Massey Avenue Improvements ($14.998M)

Naval Station Mayport – Planning and Design for future carrier-related projects ($2.0M)

BAMs Unmanned Aircraft System Operator Training Facility at NAS Jacksonville ($4.48M)

P-8A Hangar Upgrades and Training Facility located at NAS Jacksonville ($32M)

Camp Blanding (Army National Guard) -Convoy Live Fire Range ($2.4M)

 Camp Blanding (Army National Guard) - Live Fire Shoot House ($3.1M)

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