Congressman Glenn Nye (D-VA) spoke to a group of 40 at the Chamber’s Virginia Beach Board meeting on March 5, 2010. Nye has served Virginia's 2nd District since January 2009 and sits on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee, in addition to serving as the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology.
Nye updated the business community about legislative issues including healthcare reform, “card check,” state of the economy, and the potential Navy carrier move.
Regarding the economy, Nye said that the U.S. needs to continue to be financially strong in order to remain a global leader. He is focused on creating jobs and offering tax breaks to companies who hire veterans.
Nye is opposed to moving a Navy carrier from Norfolk, Va. to Mayport, Fla. He explained that as the country remains in a recession, it does not make sense to spend $1 billion to create another carrier homeport. Nye said, “Now it’s up to us. It’s important to have the business community involved.” He encouraged those attending the meeting to get involved and contact their elected officials.
On March 9, Congressman Nye and the Hampton Roads Military Affairs Commission sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations raising concerns about the Navy’s proposal to construct a redundant East Coast nuclear carrier homeport at Naval Station Mayport. The letter was signed by Nye, the Commission, Governor Bob McDonnell, and a bipartisan Hampton Roads delegation, including the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.
“The bottom line is that the Navy has not made the case for spending over $1 billion to create a redundant East Coast carrier homeport, and there are far more questions than answers about this proposal,” said Congressman Nye. “The proposed carrier move is not a done deal, and we’re going to continue making the case that this is not a good use of taxpayer money.”
Throughout the last year, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has voiced its opposition of a carrier move. According to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the approximate impact of losing a carrier would result in a net loss of approximately 6,000 jobs and decrease the region's gross product by approximately $425 million. These estimates include the direct, indirect, and induced impacts of the carrier movement, but do not include the additional loss of a flight wing.