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House Ensures Funding for Ohio-class Replacement Program

The United States House of Representatives today approved legislation to secure funding for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine replacement reactor program. The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in the House today transfers $1.39 billion from the Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Navy account to the National Sea Based Deterrence Fund, Department of Defense account to ensure funding is available for shipbuilding.

“This legislation ensures critical funding is used to prevent interruptions of future missions at Kings Bay that would be threatened without this transfer of funds,” said Carter. “The submarines stationed at Kings Bay play an integral role in our nuclear deterrence. As they reach the end of their expected lifetime, we must ensure Kings Bay has the opportunity to remain the elite home base of the Atlantic ballistic submarine fleet.”

The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House today by a vote of 269-151. The legislation sets defense policy for the year and offers a $612 billion defense spending blueprint. The legislation increases troop pay and benefits, reinforces missions to defeat ISIS, strengthens our cyber defenses and boosts our missile defense capabilities.

Carter represents Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Camden County in Congress and voted in support of the legislation.