Senators visit Newport News Shipbuilding

Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (center), D-Md., and Mark Warner (right), D-Va., joined Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin today on a tour of the shipyard. Mikulski is chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a strong supporter of American manufacturing (Photo by Chris Oxley/Huntington Ingalls Industries)
Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (center), D-Md., and Mark Warner (right), D-Va., joined Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin today on a tour of the shipyard. Mikulski is chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a strong supporter of American manufacturing (Photo by Chris Oxley/Huntington Ingalls Industries)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Your federal tax dollars were at work Wednesday in Hampton Roads. Two U.S. Senators visited Newport News Shipbuilding

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), along with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) from Maryland, got to meet shipbuilders and take a look at the ships currently at the yard.

One of the vessels it services is the USS George Washington, which was on a scheduled four-day “Tiger Cruise” at the time of the senators’ visit. Recently, Newport News Shipbuilding received a $50 million contract to prepare the aircraft carrier for overhaul and refueling. The process takes between three to four years and it’s a project both senators support.

“There are smart ways to cut and there are stupid ways to cut,” Warner said during an address at the shipyard. “Sequestration is one of the stupid ways to cut, and because of these budget constraints there were some who argued initially, some in the administration, who argued that we should decommission the George Washington and move away from our 11 carrier fleet.”

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee signed off on a $848 million deal to overhaul the carrier. The full Congress hasn’t voted on it yet.

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