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.
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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) released the following statement after passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) co-sponsored the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act and submitted a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer requesting her pay be withheld during the government shutdown.
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:
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.
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).
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:
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.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following House passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act.
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.
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: