The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that includes $150 million to help repair the USS Miami, the submarine severely damaged in an act of arson at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in May.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Appropriations Committee, announced on Aug. 2 that the committee had unanimously approved the fiscal year 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which includes $604.5 billion to fund the Department of Defense. The bill now heads to the full Senate.
Fire erupted in the USS Miami on May 23, causing an estimated $400 million worth of damage. Authorities have arrested Casey James Fury, a civilian employee who was working aboard the Miami, and charged him with arson for allegedly setting the fire. He is being held in jail without bail.
Collins pushed for the funding to help restore the Miami. She has also met with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and urged the Navy to move forward with repairs to the sub and shipyard.