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116th CONGRESS
  1st Session
H. RES. 99

 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there is a 
need to rebuild the Navy and ensure that it is prepared to engage with 
  adversaries around the world through an increased investment in the 
                       United States naval power.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            February 5, 2019

Mr. Banks submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the 
                      Committee on Armed Services

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                               RESOLUTION


 
 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there is a 
need to rebuild the Navy and ensure that it is prepared to engage with 
  adversaries around the world through an increased investment in the 
                       United States naval power.

Whereas the United States naval buildup completed prior to World War II was 
        quintessential to the success of the Nation and its allies and ensured 
        victory in that and subsequent wars;
Whereas the Navy has too few platforms to wage warfare in the 21st century 
        against a myriad of potential adversaries;
Whereas adversaries of the United States are increasing the sizes of their 
        fleets and building their anti-ship capabilities;
Whereas the United States must build up the Navy in preparation for this threat;
Whereas the United States is a maritime nation and must maintain a Navy that is 
        capable of deterring and, if necessary, waging war against nation states 
        and non-state actors alike with overwhelming force in a swift and 
        decisive manner;
Whereas the fleet is not sufficiently sized to deter adversaries while 
        maintaining continuous presence in contentious regions with deployments 
        of naval forces in regions where the United States has demonstrated 
        national interests;
Whereas readiness concerns that would preclude successful engagements against 
        enemies on multiple fronts is unacceptable in today's global threat 
        environment;
Whereas given the large forward deployed surface force requirement at any given 
        moment, there is not sufficient time for the fleet to address training 
        and material readiness challenges with the current fleet size;
Whereas the threat the United States faces is growing and evolving;
Whereas China is investing heavily in a naval buildup, and President Xi Jinping 
        expects China to be a global power by 2050 and is attempting to 
        construct a military to surpass as the United States;
Whereas since 2016, the Navy has had 18 unsafe or unprofessional encounters with 
        Chinese military forces in the Pacific;
Whereas Russia is also actively modernizing its fleet and increasing military 
        activity in the Arctic;
Whereas Iran is demonstrating an increase in activity in the Arabian Gulf, 
        Strait of Hormuz, and Gulf of Oman with no indication of de-escalation;
Whereas the United States is the primary protector of international freedom of 
        navigation laws, which necessitates persistent presence in the contested 
        waters of the South China Sea, operations to limit piracy off the Horn 
        of Africa, and abiding demonstrations of interest to ensure safe 
        commercial transport throughout the world;
Whereas in response to natural disasters in the United States and abroad, the 
        Navy provides crucial support to prevent the loss of life and support 
        recovery efforts; and
Whereas the advantages of maintaining the capability to forward operate around 
        the world is critical to maintaining flexibility and agility in today's 
        evolving battle space: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) recognizes the need for the Navy to increase its long-
        term capabilities and recommends the following force structure 
        by the year 2050--
                    (A) 12 Ballistic missile submarines;
                    (B) 100 nuclear powered attack submarines;
                    (C) 15 aircraft carriers;
                    (D) 156 Large and small surface combatants;
                    (E) 8 Polar surface combatants;
                    (F) 38 Amphibious ships;
                    (G) 54 Combat Logistics Force ships;
                    (H) 14 Expeditionary Fast Transports;
                    (I) 6 Expeditionary Support Base ships; and
                    (J) 23 Command and support ships;
            (2) recognizes the need for yearly updates from the 
        Secretary of the Navy to Congress on shipbuilding and status of 
        the fleet; and
            (3) recognizes that shipbuilding most continue to be 
        commensurate to the threat, therefore constant innovation and 
        analysis will be required when determining construction 
        schedule and requirements.
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