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Shaheen speaks to Navy secretary about shipyard funding

March 6, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has spoken with the Secretary of the Navy to defend funding for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard projects that could go instead toward the Trump administration’s plan for a border wall.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency last month to pursue money from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration has yet to determine which military construction projects will lose funding.

Shaheen said in her call with Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Wednesday, she stressed the importance of the Kittery, Maine, shipyard’s infrastructure development to maintaining the nation’s submarine fleet and addressing the fleet’s maintenance backlog.

The Democrat said there are three shipyard military construction projects that could be impacted by Trump’s declaration, costing about $162 million.

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