WASHINGTON (WAVY) - The House of Representatives passed the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without $30 million in funding for the Navy to support the move of a nuclear carrier from Naval Station Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
The Senate will consider its own version of the bill this summer.
"Since taking office, I have aggressively worked to keep our carriers in Norfolk," said Rep. Scott Rigell.
Right now, all east coast carriers are homeported in Norfolk.
"Working with my colleagues Representatives Forbes and Wittman, and under the leadership of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, we were successful in convincing the full House to uphold my request to strike the $30 million in funding that was to go towards upgrades at Naval Station Mayport," said Rigell, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Currently, the Department of Defense is under budgetary constraints. The Department of the Navy has responded by delaying funding for ship repair and ship construction, a news release from Rigell's office said.
In April of this year, President Obama directed Defense Secretary Robert Gates to cut $400 billion in efficiencies and savings from the defense budget over the next 10 years.
Rigell recently wrote the Secretary a letter pointing out that he could get a billion dollars closer to that target by taking the carrier move off the table permanently.
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