Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014by Representative Joe Courtney
Posted on 2013-12-12
COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this
bipartisan defense measure which makes an emphatic commitment to
America's undersea Naval force. In the last 2 years, we have had the
following: the National Security Review in 2011, the Quadrennial
Defense Review, and the Nuclear Posture Review; and all of them have
had the same consistent theme on this issue, which is that the U.S.
Navy's preeminence in the undersea domain must not be neglected, and
that sea-based deterrence is a critical insurance policy for our Nation
from any emerging nuclear force.
With that in mind, this measure invests $5.9 billion in the Virginia class submarine program. It will fund two submarines in 2014 and advance procurement in 2015. It has $1 billion for the Ohio replacement design work, which is the best guarantee that we will have a cost- effective production of that critical vessel. And finally, the Virginia payload module which will increase the missile capacity of the Virginia class submarine and allow the Navy to replace the capability of the SSGM force which is going to be going offline over the next 10 years.
The Seapower Subcommittee, led by my friend, Mr. Forbes, has held a number of hearings which again have reemphasized the critical need for this both in our Navy and our national security. I urge a ``yes'' vote on this measure.
Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentlewoman from Alabama (Mrs. Roby), our former chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, who was recently moved from our committee to the Appropriations Committee. She will be sorely missed.