FACT CHECK: PINGREE MAKES FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT SHIPBUILDING VOTES

FACT CHECK: PINGREE MAKES FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT SHIPBUILDING VOTES

Congresswoman claims she “always supports shipbuilding,” but record shows Appropriations votes against billions in DDG-51, DDG-1000 funding every year between 2011-2015

BIDDEFORD - During an interview with WGAN's Morning News today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree made demonstrably false claims about her record on critical shipbuilding votes for Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The record shows Pingree has repeatedly voted against billions in funding for shipbuilding through both Authorization and Appropriations bills.

The Grohman for Congress campaign last week drew attention to Pingree's record of votes against billions in shipbuilding and infrastructure funding through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Pingree has voted against the overall funding authorization for BIW and PNSY roughly half the time.

Pingree this morning claimed her votes against the NDAA were offset by her support for Maine shipbuilding through Appropriations votes. This matches similar claims Pingree and her team made in response to last week's criticism of her Authorization votes.

Pingree also recently falsely stated on Maine Calling (37:00) that she “absolutely would never vote against BIW or the yard (PNSY).

However, the record shows Pingree has repeatedly voted against billions in shipbuilding programs through Appropriations bills as well.

Pingree voted against Appropriations funding for the DDG-51 and DDG-1000 shipbuilding programs in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Congresswoman Pingree voted “NO” on the following Appropriations bills:

 

H.R.1473 - Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

  • DDG-1000 Program, $77,512,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer, $2,868,454,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer (Advance Procurement), $47,984,000

H.R.2055 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

  • DDG-1000 Program, $453,727,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer, $1,980,709,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer (AP), $100,723,000

 

H.R.933 - Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

  • DDG-1000 Program, $669,222,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer, $4,036,628,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer (AP), $466,283,000

 

H.R.2397 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014

  • DDG–1000 Program, $231,694,000

  • DDG–51 Destroyer, $1,615,564,000

  • DDG–51 Destroyer (AP), $388,551,000

 

H.R.83 - Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

  • DDG-1000 Program, $419,532,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer, $2,661,907,000

  • DDG-51 Destroyer (AP), $134,039,000

 

“Our shipbuilders and submarine repair professionals need straight talk, not excuses,” said Marty Grohman, Independent candidate for Congress. “The only thing more clear than Chellie Pingree's record of voting against BIW and PNSY is my pledge to do the opposite.”

Grohman made a clear pledge to support the NDAA, which funds Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard every single time it’s considered. This follows in the tradition of Senators Susan Collins, Angus King, Olympia Snowe, and the vast majority of Maine's congressional delegation -- both Republican, Democrat, and Independent -- dating back to the 1960s.

“Workers at these yards can be certain that when I'm in Congress, I will vote for funding for their yards 100% of the time,” continued Grohman. "These jobs are far too important to be made secondary to D.C. political games.”

For more information, visit MartyGrohman.com/shipbuilding.