Pingree has repeatedly voted against Bath Iron Works, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Funding

Grohman Pledges 100% Support

BIDDEFORD -- Independent businessman and candidate for Congress Marty Grohman released a new ad today demonstrating Rep. Chellie Pingree’s clear record of voting against funding for Maine’s shipyards.

As the video and roll call votes show, Pingree has voted against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - which provides billions of dollars in funding for Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - roughly half of the time since she was elected to Congress.

In contrast, Marty has pledged to vote for shipyard funding 100 percent of the time.

“Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are two of the biggest employers in our district,” Grohman says in the ad. “It’s critical that Maine’s representatives strongly support the NDAA, but that’s not what’s been happening. When the NDAA has been up for a vote, Congresswoman Pingree has voted no about half the time. She’s voted against literally billions of dollars in funding. Why would a Maine representative vote against Maine jobs?”


What’s at stake:

These annual defense funding bills represent billions of dollars that fund thousands of jobs at BIW and PNSY, as well as hundreds of indirect support and subcontracting jobs. The closure of either yard would have a devastating impact on Maine’s economy, and the NDAA’s passage is make-or-break for these yards every single year.

Bath Iron Works alone, one of Maine’s largest businesses, employs around 5,600 workers and has a payroll of around $350 million. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard had an economic impact of about $750 million and was home to 6,450 jobs in 2017.


A stark difference between Pingree and CD1’s previous representatives:

As the votes demonstrate, Pingree has so far voted against the NDAA in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. Contrast that record with that of all District 1 representatives in recent history: between Reps. Emery, McKernan, Brennan, Andrews, Longley, and Allen, in NDAA votes dating back to 1975, there are only TWO no votes (Rep. Allen in FY2001 and Rep. McKernan in FY1984). Senators Collins, King, and Snowe also have a perfect voting record in support of the NDAA.


Rep. Pingree’s NDAA votes by fiscal year:


  • 2019: Yes.
  • 2018: Yes.
  • 2017: Yes.
  • 2016: Voted No then Yes after a new bill was presented following a presidential veto.
  • 2015: Voted No.
  • 2014: passed by voice vote.
  • 2013: Voted No.
  • 2012: Voted No .
  • 2011: Voted No.
  • 2010: Voted Yes.


Rep. Tom Allen’s NDAA votes:


  • Fiscal Year 2009: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2008: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2007: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2006: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2005: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2004: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2003: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2002: No.
  • Fiscal Year 2001: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 2000: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1999: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1998: Yes.


Rep. James Longley’s NDAA votes:


  • Fiscal Year 1997: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1996: Yes.


Rep. Tom Andrews’s NDAA votes:


  • Fiscal Year 1995: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1994: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1992 + 1993: Yes.


Rep. Joe Brennan’s NDAA votes:


  • Fiscal Year 1991: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1990: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1989: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1988: Yes.


Rep. Jock McKernan’s NDAA votes:


  • Fiscal Year 1987: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1986: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1985: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1984: No.


Rep. Dave Emery’s NDAA votes:


  • Fiscal Year 1983: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1982: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1981: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1980: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1979: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1978: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1977: Yes.
  • Fiscal Year 1976: Yes.