Wagner: House Prioritizes American Security, Funds St Louis Area Projects in Latest NDAA

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:

“The nearly $700 billion in funding for our military approved by the House in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA) will not only be critical in protecting our nation from rising foreign threats but it will be a huge asset to the local economy. Included in this legislation is funding for construction of the new NGA headquarters in North St. Louis and 24 new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets—which will also be built locally. Both of these projects will support thousands of jobs across our community and play a vital role in aiding our troops around the world.

“The NDAA will also increase the size of our military and give our servicemen and women a well-deserved pay raise. Additionally, we permanently secured survivors benefits for more than 60,000 Americans whose spouse died either on active duty or during retirement. Today, we fulfilled our promise to keep Americans safe and free, and we gave our troops the support they deserve.”

BACKGROUND

  • 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. The NDAA funds both the 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in the Budget Request and the additional 10 Super Hornets from the Navy’s UPL.
  • Earlier this year, Wagner 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.
  • The NDAA also includes $175 million funding for continued construction of the new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Headquarters West, located in St. Louis. Congresswoman Wagner led the effort in the House during the appropriations process to ensure that the necessary funding was obtained.