Homeland Security bill would include $50 million for Coast Guard Museum in New London

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., announced this week he is making a hard push for Congressional approval of a $50 million boost to the fundraising effort for construction of a National Coast Guard Museum in New London. It would mark the first time federal money would be directed toward construction of the museum, as it is exempt from previous restrictions, Murphy’s office said. The new Homeland Security bill also includes $6 million for improvements to New London’s City Pier to accommodate the barque Eagle, which is expected to dock adjacent to the future Coast Guard Museum along the city’s waterfront. The museum would be located behind Union Station. Museum officials have said in the past a large federal commitment to the museum was likely to open the doors to more private donations. Fundraising for the museum began in 2014, around the time New London, under former Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio, donated a 0.37-acre site to the Coast Guard to accommodate the future museum.


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