Lawmakers Criticize Delay In Sub Funding

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ Members of Connecticut’s congressional
delegation are raising concerns over a proposal by President Barack
Obama to push back the construction of a Virginia-class attack
submarine.

They say the president’s budget request postpones the purchase
of one sub by four years to 2018. The president’s plan still calls
for nine Virginia-class subs to be built under a multi-year
contract between 2014 and 2018.

Senators Joseph Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal and Congressman
Joe Courtney said in a statement Monday that the delay could have a
negative impact on the industrial base and submarine force
structure.

The spending is detailed in a spending plan that seeks to
achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.

The Virginia-class submarines are built in partnership between
Groton, Conn.-based Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding.

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