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Sen. Ron Johnson’s Proposal Seeks to Eliminate Restriction on Navy’s Use of Funds for LCS Acquisition

Littoral Combat ShipSen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 that would remove a provision that imposes a restriction on the U.S. Navy’s use of funds when it comes to the acquisition of littoral combat ships.

The proposed amendment to the FY 2017 NDAA is in response to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s request to the service branch in December to reduce the procurement of LCS from 52 to 40, Johnson’s office said Tuesday.

“The U.S. Navy has pointed out the significance of the littoral combat ship as a critical component of the fleet,” Johnson said.

“The Navy deserves certainty as it plans for its current and future ship needs, and it is not in our country’s best interest to restrict funding for the needs of the men and women of our naval forces in the face of global threats,” he added.

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