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Funding for LSC program in Defense Authorization Act

Defense funding for a Marinette, Wisconsin based, Navy combat ship building program was debated in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. According to U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin), so far it has gone as expected.
WASHINGTON, D.C (WFRV) Defense funding for a Marinette, Wisconsin based, Navy combat ship building program was debated in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. According to U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin), so far it has gone as expected.

The president's defense budget released earlier this year downsized the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program from 52 to 32 ships.

Today the LCS program was under review, as the House Armed Services Committee hammered out the 2015 Defense Authorization Act.

Rep. Ribble says this is the mark-up phase of the Defense Authorization Act - as members of the committee debate funding for various programs.

At the end of April Rep. Ribble toured Marinette Marine with a  member of the committee to show first-hand how the shipyard has invested millions in the program and the hundreds of jobs at stake.

Ribble says that tour paid off, as the committee voted to approve full funding for two ships in fiscal 2015 and two more in the future.

"To build two and provide advance appropriations for two more," said Ribble. "That kind of seems where this is headed - but it still has to clear the floor of the House because other members may decide to try to change things."

Twenty ships have been funded through fiscal year 2014. Marinette Marine is building half of the navy's contract. The other half is being filled in a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

Rep. Ribble says the Defense Authorization Act should head out of committee late tonight or tomorrow morning. The bill moves on to the House for vote expected later this month.

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