Submarine funding restored in final version of defense bill

The full U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill, which authorizes $740 million in national spending, early next week. The bill is expected to easily pass both chambers despite a threat this week by President Donald Trump to veto the measure. Courtney, who helped negotiate the final version of the bill, was dealt a win with the restoration of funding to construct a second Virginia-class submarine, a fight he’s waged since earlier this year after the Trump administration cut the second submarine from its fiscal 2021 budget proposal. The bill authorizes billions for the Virginia-class submarine program, built in partnership between Electric Boat in Groton and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, and for the Columbia-class program to build the next generation of ballistic missile submarines.

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