Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, announced today that he will be visiting six Hampton Roads shipyards on Thursday and Friday, January 31st and February 1st: BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, VA; NASSCO-Earl Industries, Portsmouth, VA; Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA; Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA; Colonna's Shipyard, Norfolk, VA; MHI Ship Repair & Services, Norfolk, VA.
Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations released a report on January 25 that outlined $1.4 billion in potential cuts to the Hampton Roads defense industry over the next eight months, including the cancellation of $271 million in ship repairs, cutting more than 1,000 temporary workers, deferring $100 million in construction projects, postponing a complex overhaul for an aircraft carrier, and delaying construction on a new aircraft carrier.
"For the past several years, I have been sounding the alarm in Virginia and around the country on the potential devastating impact of playing politics with our national security policy and continuing to recklessly cut the defense budget," said Congressman Forbes. "The House has worked to pass bills that would have avoided the situation we now find ourselves in, but the Senate has yet to even approve a defense budget let alone seriously tackle the looming threat of sequestration. That is why Congress again passed a bill last week, making members personally accountable for passing a budget to try and move this process forward. I look forward to touring the shipyards this week to listen about how they will be affected and begin to take a closer look at shipbuilding issues in my new Seapower Chairmanship."
Congressman Forbes is the newly-appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services (HASC) Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and a member of the Readiness Subcommittee. Congressman Forbes has served on the House Armed Services Committee since taking office in 2001 and had been the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee since 2011 and Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee from 2008-2010.
Media interested in scheduling an interview by phone on Friday afternoon, February 1st, may contact Wes Battle via e-mail or 202-225-6365.