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March 15 2002

House effort to boost Navy build rate
Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of its Military Procurement Subcommittee is leading a new coalition that intends to make sure that the full $10 billion of a war contingency fund in the FY 2003 Bush budget request is authorized to bolster defense needs --including at least an extra $1.5 billion on new ships

Joining Weldon at a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday were Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Congressman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC),Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and other Members.

Defense industry groups and labor unions that work on defense-related projects joined the legislators in support of increased spending. Industry groups supporting the effort include: the American Shipbuilding Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the National Defense Workforce Coalition. Many labor unions are also supporting the effort as well.Unions that sent representatives to yesterday's press conference were the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the Salaried Employees Union, and the International Federationof Professional and Technical Employees.