Florida Delegation Fails to Restore Mayport Funding
An effort to restore $30 million in funding to support the move of an aircraft carrier form Norfolk to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., did not go ahead Wednesday, reportedly because the amendment did not gather sufficient support during the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill.
Florida Rep. Jeff Miller (R) withdrew his amendment, which would have restored funding included in the White House’s FY 2012 budget request. The money would be used to upgrade Mayport. He indicated he would bring it up again, possibly when the measure goes to the House floor, reported CQ Today.
The committee continued to mark up the authorization bill Thursday night.
Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the committee’s Readiness Subcommittee, struck the funding from his panel’s portion of the legislation last week. The Navy plans to move one of its East Coast-based carriers to Mayport, as recommended in the Quadrennial Defense Review. Norfolk would lose about 3,500 personnel following the move.
Last week, Forbes said his panel was concerned about the overall costs associated with establishing a second nuclear carrier homeport on the East Coast.