Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech at the U.S. Naval Academy:
"Budgets speak far louder than words. President Obama's sudden embrace of a strong Navy, after so recently deriding an increase in shipbuilding as akin to "horses and bayonets", will amount to little more than another broken promise given the current $4 billion shortfall in the shipbuilding account. Even assuming a realistic budget, the current shipbuilding plan does not reach the Navy's minimum requirement of 306 ships until 2036, when the President will be 75 years old. Unless the Administration is willing to reverse its previous disinterest and actually resource a world-class Navy, the decline of our Fleet and its ability to protect American interests will continue apace."