Congresswoman Ann Wagner

Representing the 2nd District of Missouri

Wagner Applauds Inclusion of Super Hornets in 2017 NDAA

Apr 28, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) applauded the House Armed Services Committee for including funding for 14 additional F/A-18E Super Hornets in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Wagner recently testified before the Committee in support of the Super Hornets following the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) declaration that the Navy faces a shortage of operational aircraft. The Super Hornets, which are currently produced and maintained by Boeing at a factory in St. Louis, Missouri, are critical in addressing this tactical aviation shortfall.

Funding for the additional 14 Super Hornets in the NDAA will continue the production and maintenance of the aircraft through the end of 2018 and into 2019, supporting approximately 5,000 jobs in the St. Louis area.

“I commend Chairman Thornberry and his Committee for addressing our current naval aviation shortfall and supporting funding for the additional 14 Super Hornets. The additional aircraft are not only critical in protecting our nation from rising foreign threats, but are an asset to our local economy, creating 5,000 jobs for the St. Louis area,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “In addition to providing our men and women in uniform with the support and tools they need, inclusion of the Super Hornets in the NDAA is a huge win for St. Louis, as continued production of the aircraft will protect Missouri jobs and put a local stamp on national defense.”

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Rep. Wagner’s Testimony before the House Armed Services Committee:
March 1, 2016


 

Background on Rep. Wagner’s support of Super Hornets and Growlers:

Fiscal Year 2016

  • 7 Growlers and 5 Super Hornets included in spending bill
  • Led Missouri and Illinois delegation letter to appropriations and armed services committee requesting more fighter jets
  • Testified before House Armed Services and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on importance of Growlers and Super Hornets in the fight against the Islamic State

Fiscal Year 2015

  • 15 Growlers included in spending bill
  • Led Congressional letter to appropriations and armed services committee signed by over 100 Members of Congress
  • Testified before House Armed Services and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on importance of Growlers to the warfighter

Fiscal Year 2014

  • Worked with House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to obtain advanced procurement funding for future additional Super Hornets
  • Fought to protect full funding allocations for Growlers amid sequestration cuts to defense spending