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Federal Budget Issues Could Impact Hampton Roads

U.S. Navy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Federal budget gridlock could negatively impact Navy personnel in the Hampton Roads region.  

The Daily Press in Newport News reports that Congress faces an April 28 deadline to approve new spending. Even if lawmakers agree to keep funding at 2016 levels, the military would still come up short.

Military officials say there would be less money for pay raises, housing allowances and other cost-of-living adjustments. Ship maintenance would also drop. Stress on sailors would ratchet up.  

One positive is that Newport News Ship Building would weather the storm. Major work is already funded through previously awarded contracts. The shipyard builds aircraft carriers and submarines.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.