U.S. Congressman Ted Poe commended the Texas Legislature for passing a budget on Sunday, which includes $16,090,050 for Battleship Texas the early 20th century battleship that weathered many of World War IIs most significant and intense campaigns.

I commend the lawmakers in Austin for their diligent work this session and applaud them for appropriating over $16 million dollars to the vital preservation and educational efforts of Battleship Texas, Rep. Poe said. It is my hope that Governor Perry shares our passion for maintaining this monumental beacon of our naval and maritime history and will approve of this expenditure in the budget.

In addition to making personal pleas to state lawmakers regarding the importance of allocating money for Battleship Texas, Congressman Poe also joined fellow Lone Star Congressmen John Culberson and Gene Green in submitting a federal funding request for $6 million in Fiscal Year 2006.

The last remaining dreadnought (heavily armed battleship whose main guns are each of the same caliber) on the globe, Battleship Texas participated in the 1914 landing at Vera Cruz, World War I, and World War II. It is known as a pioneering battleship on account of its innovative gunnery, aviation, and radar systems.