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Forbes: Defense Bill Strengthens Navy Shipbuilding

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, announced today the passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1960) by the Armed Services Committee.

"The Fiscal Year 2014 defense bill refuses to accept an ever-shrinking Navy and the accompanying loss of American power and influence. By making important investments in our Fleet and providing oversight of critical programs, the bill lays out the vision for a much-needed revitalization of American Seapower that will sustain American leadership for decades to come."

Provisions Initiated by Forbes Include:

Worked to include language stressing the importance of Modeling & Simulation to U.S. national security.
Restoring full funding for Navy ship maintenance, protecting our Fleet's readiness and preserving the ship repair industrial base.
Requiring the Navy to provide a supplement to the 30 Year Shipbuilding Plan using realistic budget projections, thereby offering a more accurate appraisal of the Fleet's likely future size and demonstrating to Congress the consequences of underfunding the Navy.
Preventing the early retirement of Navy cruisers and amphibious ships well before the end of their useful service lives.
Reauthorizing the Gerald Ford class aircraft carrier.
Procuring additional Arleigh Burke class destroyers and Virginia class attack submarines.
Amendments expressing concern about the continued modernization of the Chinese military and providing additional oversight of Chinese participation in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
Key Provisions of the NDAA Include:

Rejecting an ill-advised and unnecessarily burdensome Base Realignment and Closure process.
Supporting a 1.8% pay raise for our military personnel.
Protecting TRICARE from the imposition of new fees or the increase of existing fees.
Providing additional oversight to the Littoral Combat Ship program.
Investing in emerging technologies like the UCLASS carrier-launched unmanned vehicle.
Supporting important power projection systems like the Air Force Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) and KC-46 refueling tanker.
Preventing the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.
Taking action to help prevent sexual assault in the military by requiring minimum sentences for such crimes.
About the Annual National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 authorizes the enactment of appropriations for DoD programs and initiatives while setting forth priorities, organizational structure, and responsibilities of program and agency officials. The bill consists of portions, or marks, written and approved by each Subcommittee. The full Armed Services Committee is considering the legislation, including proposed amendments, and will vote to report the bill for consideration before the House of Representatives. Upon passage, the bill is then sent to the senate. Typically after the Senate passes its version of the legislation, Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees conference to reconcile differences and agree upon a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be sent to the President for his signature.

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