In the latest reaction to U.S. Navy budget plans, Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) and a bipartisan delegation of congressional members urged President Bush to reconsider a proposed reduction in the number of ships slated for construction in fiscal year 2006. In a Sept. 28 letter, the lawmakers argued that the Iraq war has required the highest naval deployment since World War II and underscores the need to expand the sea power fleet. Other lawmakers from shipbuilding states, including ...


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