Source: United States Senator for Virginia Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to Virginia-class submarines for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021). The President’s budget only proposes funding for the construction of one Virginia-class submarine, a 50% reduction from last year’s budget and a departure from the Navy’s longstanding projection that two Virginia-class submarines would be funded each year. Virginia-class submarines are constructed, in part, at Newport News Shipbuilding.
“I’m concerned that the President’s budget proposal dramatically cuts funding for Virginia–class submarines. For years, robust funding for these submarines has strengthened our national security and our shipbuilding industry in Hampton Roads. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I’m going to push hard to reject this budget cut and ensure full funding for two Virginia-class submarines.”
Kaine has been a strong supporter of funding for Virginia-class submarines and has discussed the benefits of them with military leadership.