The U.S. Senate has approved $41 million in federal transportation funds for the once-endangered Coast Guard yard Curtis Bay as well as authorization to hire 50 new full-time civilian ship-repair workers.
The funding approval for fiscal 1992, announced yesterday by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., a member of the transportation appropriations subcommittee, represents an increase of $7 million over current spending and $30 million more than the yard received in fiscal 1990.
It includes $38.5 million to continue maintenance work at Curtis Bay backed by the Bush administration for numerous Coast Guard cutters built in the 1960s and $1.1 million for consolidation there of the Curtis Bay and Brooklyn, N.Y., supply centers.
The Curtis Bay yard had been threatened with closing during the Reagan administration in a move to privatize Coast Guard shipyard work.
The transportation appropriations bill must be approved by a joint Senate-House conference committee before it can be signed into law.