Sequester Stands in Way of Trump's Shipbuilding Plan

Sequester Stands in Way of Trump's Shipbuilding Plan
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The U.S. Navy under the Trump administration will have difficulty expanding its fleet of warships to defend U.S. interests due to current defense budget caps.

The Navy's fiscal 2017 shipbuilding plan, sent to Congress last July, would expand the Navy's fleet to 308 battle force ships from the current level of 272 to meet commitments abroad and maintain an edge over potential adversaries.

The plan would cost, on average, $21 billion annually in 2016 dollars over 30 years, according to a summary analysis released on Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Implementing the plan will be difficult for the Trump administration given defense spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which will remain in effect through 2021 under current law.

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