How will President Obama’s budget plan benefit Hampton Roads?

Posted at 2:54 PM, Feb 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-03 15:00:06-05

President Obama rolled out his $4 trillion budget yesterday.

How does that money benefit the Commonwealth?

The old political adage is, "Think globally, act locally", so just how will President Obama's budget plan impact the state of Virginia?

Most of the money designated for the Hampton Roads area is part of the defense budget -- money to overhaul the USS George Washington, and build new Ford Class Carriers, and Virginia Class submarines.

The Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding Facility will see the lion's share of the money.

NASA Langley isn't being left out.

Construction of a new high tech lab at the facility has the president's support.

The Chesapeake Bay Program could also see a bump in funding.

The overhaul of the USS George Washington could bring $678 million to Hampton Roads.

The Ford Class Carrier Program is in the budget for $2.8 billion.

$5.7 billion will fund the two additional Virginia Class submarines; $93. 7 million for NASA Langley.

The Chesapeake Bay restoration program could receive $70 million.

All this depends on whether or not Congress approves the president's budget.

It boils down to priorities, handling the people's business, or politics as usual.

Barbara Ciara