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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved $5 million to produce autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for the U.S. Navy at Boneal, Inc. in Means, Kentucky. The Senate is expected to vote on this final 2010 defense spending legislation soon.

“I applaud members of Congress for supporting this critical funding which helps our brave sailors in the Navy,” said Rogers. “This innovative vehicle will be a crucial factor in the success of critical missions that the Navy undertakes. The hard working men and women in Means, Kentucky have a reputation for producing quality products that help our military serving at home and abroad.”

Menifee County-based Boneal Inc. is a Small Business Administration designated HUBZone firm. Boneal Inc. provides goods and services for a number of government agencies including the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Postal Service as well as various private sector companies. Employing individuals from Menifee County, Boneal, Inc. is vital to the local community. This funding will be used for the development of AUVs which will provide support for a variety of missions including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, deployment of mine counter measures, and assistance of anti-submarine warfare.

Through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers supports important initiatives for the Fifth Congressional District.