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S.D. Defense Industry Prospers Under GOP Budget

Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee unveiled a Pentagon budget proposal for fiscal 2017 that modifies the Obama administration’s.

The budget proposal released April 25 has a section that will likely cheer San Diego’s ship and aircraft repair community. It calls for the U.S. Navy to spend 4 percent more on ship and aircraft depot maintenance and “afloat readiness”: $12.57 billion, up from $12.04 billion in the president’s budget. In addition, it calls for $430 million in ship modernization work for cruisers, which is not part of the administration’s budget.

The proposal issued by committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, also calls for a slightly larger U.S. Marine Corps force than in the president’s budget: 185,000 active duty Marines rather than 182,000. The budget, known as the “chairman’s mark,” also calls for a more substantial military pay raise: 2.1 percent rather than 1.6 percent. Those items would likely benefit communities where sailors and Marines make their homes.

The committee will begin hearings on the budget proposal April 27. House and Senate versions of the budget bills will need to be reconciled to create the final Pentagon budget for fiscal 2017.

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