Submarine JOBS Act

January 5, 2018

Today I co-introduced the Submarine Jobs and Opportunities Building Success Act (JOBS Act) legislation that will invest a total of $150 million in increasing Connecticut’s defense manufacturing jobs and workforce development.

Specifically, the act I am co-introducing will dedicate $100 million in funds over five years for building infrastructure to meet the demand of increased submarine contracts. The legislation also proposes to invest $50 million over 10 years in workforce programs, community colleges and high schools that correspond with the demands of defense contracts for submarine design, construction, repair and maintenance.

One of our goals this year is to pass legislation that will boost the economy, expand the workforce, and improve the efficiency of training programs. With this specific proposal, we hope create more job opportunities and give the next generation of workers the tools they need to launch a career in the defense manufacturing field. Defense contracts for submarine design and construction have proved to be big business in Connecticut and with Electric Boat’s recent submarine contracts, we need to ensure we have the skilled workers to meet this growing workforce demand.

In September, Electric Boat was awarded a $5 billion contract to complete the design of the Columbia class submarine and announced it will need to hire between 15,000 to 18,000 workers by 2030.

To read the entire press release about this bill, click below.


Press Release: Submarine JOBS Act