Wagner Applauds Funding for Additional Super Hornets in FY18 Defense Bill
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.
“I applaud Chairman Frelinghuysen, Chairman Granger, Chairman Thornberry, and their committees for addressing naval aviation readiness and joining me in supporting increased funding for the additional Super Hornets requested by the Navy. As I have highlighted throughout the appropriations process, these aircraft are not only critical in protecting our nation from rising foreign threats, but will have a lasting impact on our local economy, sustaining 5,000 jobs in the St. Louis area,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “The inclusion of the Super Hornets in the Defense Appropriations Bill and NDAA will protect Missouri jobs and put a local stamp on national defense, in addition to providing our men and women in uniform with the support and tools they need.”
The Administration requested funding for 14 Super Hornets in its FY18 Budget Request, and the Navy placed an additional 10 Super Hornets at the top of its FY18 Unfunded Priorities List (UPL). Congresswoman Wagner has worked tirelessly to secure funding for the full 24 Super Hornets requested by the Navy to address the strike fighter shortfall. On Thursday, June 29, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY18 Defense Appropriations bill, appropriating funding for both the 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in the Budget Request and the additional 10 Super Hornets from the Navy’s UPL.
Wagner recently testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee in support of a robust number of Super Hornets in FY18 legislation. Wagner also led a letter to House appropriators with the regional congressional delegation articulating the need to address readiness, capability, and the strike fighter shortfall by funding at least 24 Super Hornets.
Naval aviation is at a crossroads with its capacity to execute critical warfighting missions, and the strike fighter shortfall is increasing as the naval fleet ages. The Super Hornet continues to evolve to meet adversarial threats and best complement the entire aircraft carrier air wing as they operate together into the 2040s. Super Hornets are the operational and cost-effective solution to America’s near-term strike fighter shortfall challenge.