House Democrats have reached an agreement with Republicans and the White House on a continuing resolution that would fund the government through Dec. 11 and avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1, and the bill includes $1.6 billion for a second Columbia-class submarine.
The House voted 359-57-1 Tuesday night on the CR. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.
A CR caps spending at prior-year levels and typically bans new starts, but in an unusual move, the bill includes $1.6 billion for a second Columbia-class submarine.
“[T]he Secretary of the Navy may enter into a contract, beginning with fiscal year 2021, for the procurement of up to two Columbia class submarines,” the bill text reads.
The bill also authorizes the Navy to use incremental funding to make payments under the contract. The amount authorized in the bill is $1,620,270,000.
The Navy has been working to accelerate the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program over concerns about a gap in capability as aging Ohio-class SSBNs retire in the coming years.