Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (5/5) underscored his opposition to a provision in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The language aims to strip nearly $30 million in funds intended to continue the process of making Naval Station Mayport a nuclear aircraft carrier homeport and is contained in the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee mark of the NDAA. The Subcommittee was expected to begin consideration of the NDAA on Thursday, May 5.
Crenshaw issued the following statement:
"At a time when our nation is faced with serious and pertinent national security challenges, my colleagues from Virginia wish to debate an issue that has already been thoroughly reviewed and decided. The Navy has spoken, the Department of Defense has spoken, and Congress has spoken. The decision is clear - the Navy needs two East Coast nuclear carrier homeports.
"Make no mistake, I will fight against this latest game to deny Mayport its funding just as I successfully fought last year and successfully fought the year before that. I continue to be amazed that six years of intense scrutiny, countless hearings, comprehensive analyses at the military's highest levels, and three straight years of Congressional funding are not enough to prevent my colleagues from Virginia from trying to revisit this issue yet again."