Defense and National Security

One of the primary responsibilities of the United States government is to provide for the common defense, as established in the United States Constitution. 

Additionally, I believe we all owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who are serving or who have served in the armed forces.  As an American and a proud Army mom, I am dedicated to ensuring that our military is well equipped to keep our nation safe. To better assist our armed forces, I am committed to providing a long term reauthorization of defense programs that enable our military to properly plan their operations and conduct the necessary missions to keep our country safe.    

To protect our national safety, I have led the fight to secure additional funding for the Growlers and Super Hornets, both of which have faced funding reductions by Congress. Last Session, the F-18 Super Hornet production line faced a possible closure at the end of 2016 if no additional funding was provided. Both Growlers and Super Hornets are absolutely mission-critical for our forces abroad. Growlers provide airborne electronic attacks, which jam enemy radars in contested airspace. The Super Hornet is a mission capable attack fighter that is currently available for deployment while we await the completion of the F-35 line expected in 2019.

I recognize that the need for these fighter jets is important for the Navy as well as the St. Louis area, supporting over 5,000 regional jobs. I am proud to have enlisted the support of over 100 of my colleagues in Congress on a letter requesting additional funding, which resulted in Congress approval in funding 15 additional Growler in the year-end funding bill.

This year, we have continued to advocate for this important program, sending a bipartisan letter to Members of the Missouri and Illinois delegation requesting additional funding. In addition, the House has passed a National Defense Authorization Act and a defense appropriations bill that includes funding for 12 additional jets. 

More on Defense and National Security

Nov 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) released the following statement on House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA) conference report:

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s reevaluation of the Iran Deal.

Oct 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced the bipartisan Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act of 2017, along with Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI).

Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act:

Aug 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (MO-02) is joining U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12.) on a Congressional delegation led by U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) to Korea, Japan and China.

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following House passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act.


Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) praised the House Appropriations Committee for seriously addressing the strike fighter shortfall by providing funding for 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. These Super Hornets, produced and maintained in St. Louis, Missouri, are critical in addressing America’s tactical aviation needs.

Mar 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following the U.S. House passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes funding for 14 new F/A 18 Super Hornet jets:

Jan 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) announced that Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) will join the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 115th Congress. The Committee considers legislation that concerns the relations of the United States with foreign nations, and legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act.