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 ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesToo much ‘can do,’ not enough candor Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary MORE, Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Overnight Defense: New allegations against VA nominee | Pompeo vote set for Thursday | Work begins on defense policy bill | Measures push space corps, pay bump for troops House subpanel recommends buying three more ships than Navy requested MORE, Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases House Dems demand answers from HHS on DOJ's ObamaCare decision Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — DOJ move against ObamaCare sets off frenzy MORE and Scott Rigell.

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Fights between the Virginia and Florida congressional delegations have gone on for years 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.