WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation are pushing their colleagues to ignore the wishes of President Barack Obama and preserve full funding for a Navy ship built in the state.
So far, they are succeeding.
At issue is the littoral combat ship, which is built in Marinette, Wisconsin, and Mobile, Alabama. Obama has proposed cutting a scheduled order of four ships during the 2015 fiscal year to three ships. Doing so would mean one of the cities would lose a ship order for that year, jeopardizing jobs.
Wisconsin members want colleagues to include full funding for four ships as Congress goes through its appropriations and funding process. The ships have cleared one hurdle, emerging intact from the House Armed Services Committee markup of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.