Jacksonville, FL - The Navy budget proposal continues to face heavy resistance, with one of your Congressman a leading voice in opposition.
“I think that Secretary Hagel’s proposal threatens our overall national security,” says Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw.
Crenshaw sits on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, in front of which Hagel and others appeared early Thursday to talk about the budget proposal. Hagel says he has asked the Navy to figure out how to generate savings, proposing cutting back the number of ships in the fleet overall. Hagel has also presented a proposal to commission fewer Littoral Combat Ships than originally planned.
While Hagel says the fleet can maintain readiness with these changes, Crenshaw has questions.
“How do you have one ship in two places at the same time? Numbers matter, and his numbers don’t add up,” Crenshaw says.
He says the subcommittee plans to write its own defense budget.
“When it comes out of our subcommittee, I don’t think it’s going to resemble the request that he’s [Hagel’s] made,” Crenshaw says.
Crenshaw maintains that the Navy is an integral part in maintaining national security, and the cuts proposed would have a drastic and direct impact on that.