WASHINGTON (March 27, 2009) - Rep. Steny Hoyer announced this week that Southern Marylands military installations will receive $19,480,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Funding will go to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head, and the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River for facility upgrades.
NAS Patuxent River will receive $17,000,000 for modernizing Hangar 110, which houses aircraft used for testing and evaluation. These funds will finance the final two phases of the modernization project, which will include newly refurbished hangar doors, an updated fire protection system, roof replacement, refurbished floors, and a newly painted exterior.
NSWC Indian Head will receive $2,480,000 to finance energy efficiency and conservation upgrades. Funding will allow the Navy more flexibility to implement energy initiatives such as converting existing lighting to more energy efficient systems, as well as installing more energy efficient HVAC systems and will reduce Indian Heads overall utility costs by 10 percent a year.
Hoyer said he believes this spending will help fix the current financial crisis that was primarily fostered by massive government deficits and debt, years of low interest rates from the central bank, and banking deregulation in 1999 that saw the repeal of Great Depression-era legislation known as the Glass-Steagall Act.
The goal of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is to rebuild our economy by investing in our communities, our people and our future. This funding will allow Pax and Indian Head to move forward with these critical upgrades, further solidifying the federal commitment to these installations and demonstrating how the economic recovery plan is working to create job opportunities and invest in critical projects to get the economy moving, said Rep. Hoyer in a prepared statement.