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 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 WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanNavy chief: On scale of 1 to 10, adequate funding 'scores an 11' Va. lawmakers introduce bill to guarantee back pay for furloughed federal workers Navy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions MORE, Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Dems decry ObamaCare change as new attempt at 'sabotage' MORE and Scott Rigell.

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.