After a 15-hour marathon session last week, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved $300 million for the next round of federal Small Shipyard grants.
It was approved through a provision led by Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chair Salud Carbajal, D-Calif.
The legislation is a part of the budget reconciliation package currently moving through both houses of Congress.
Notably, during the mark-up, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., expressed strong support for the robust level of funding in the bill for maritime programs, including the Small Shipyard Grant program.
On the others side of the hill, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leaders — including Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. — are pushing for $300 million in funding for the program as well.
Both proposals would target funds toward shipyard projects that improve environmental sustainability.