NH Delegation To Visit Shipyard Workers To Discuss Projects That Could Be Cut To Fund Border Wall

Mar 22, 2019

This October 2015 handout photo provided by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, shows the shipyard base in Kittery, Maine.
Credit Portsmouth Naval Shipyard / via Associated Press

Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation have visited with workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to discuss military construction projects that could be cut to fund President Donald Trump's wall at the southern border.

Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Rep. Chris Pappas met with workers at the Maine shipyard Friday.

Seacoastonline.com reports Richard Smith, president of the Metal Trades Council, said they remembered what happened in 2005, when the shipyard was put on a list of threatened bases for closure. He said once again, "our future is under attack."

Projects that could be slashed include $110 million for dry dock improvements; $62 million for a paint, blast and rubber facility; and $40 million for an extended crane rail.

The congressional delegations in Maine and New Hampshire are opposed to any shipyard cuts.

Updated 3:19 p.m. March 22, 2019