Washington–Wednesday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement applauding the House Armed Services, Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee on including his 12 Carrier Act into the subcommittee markup for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act:
“I am happy that my bill H.R. 941, the 12 Carrier Act, was included in today’s Seapower mark. Increasing the number of aircraft carriers from 11 to 12 is a strong move in the right direction that will empower the Navy with the tools it desperately needs to meet our national security requirements and deter conflict. Not only that, it sends a message to potential adversaries that we will not allow our decisive advantage in worldwide maritime force projection to erode.
“It is encouraging to see my fellow members of the subcommittee are in agreement with my concerns about the shrinking size and capabilities of the U.S. Navy. Our armed forces still have to meet the same mission requirements even when we don’t provide the proper amount and type of equipment. For years, the Navy has been accomplishing that mission on the backs of sailors and their families.”
A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee serving on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Conaway first introduced the 12 Carrier Act in 2015. Earlier this year, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) announced its support for Conaway’s 12 Carrier Act.