Va. lawmakers want to cancel carrier move over budget cuts

“Given the fact that the Pentagon is looking at a half trillion dollar budget cut, it is fiscally irresponsible for the Department of Defense to pursue its plans to move a carrier from Norfolk to Mayport,” wrote the four Republicans, Reps. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesTrump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary Trump likely to tap business executive to head Navy: report MORE, Rob WittmanRob WittmanNavy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom 355-ship Navy not a must under Trump's secretary nominee MORE, Bobby ScottBobby ScottOvernight Regulation: SEC chief grilled over hack | Dems urge Labor chief to keep Obama overtime rule | Russia threatens Facebook over data storage law Dems call on DeVos to work with CFPB to protect student borrowers Dems offer alternative to Trump administration's child care proposal MORE and Scott Rigell.

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Fights between the Virginia and Florida congressional delegations have gone onforyears since the Pentagon decided it wanted to move one of its East Coast carriers from Virginia to Florida “to mitigate the risk of a terrorist attack, accident or natural disaster,” according to the department’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.

The issue is contentious because the carrier brings jobs and an economic boost to the region where it is stationed.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), who has Mayport Naval Station in his district, said, “Leaders at the highest levels of the Pentagon have stated from day one that they stand behind the strategic imperative of two nuclear-capable homeports on the East Coast – one in Norfolk, one in Mayport.

“I couldn’t agree more and will continue my fight to ensure the necessary resources are available for that work,” Crenshaw said.

Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Jonathan Greenert said in a letter to Forbes last October that the size of the $487 billion in cuts to the Pentagon budget in the next decade will cause the Navy to review the move.