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Rep. Wagner on F/A-18 Super Hornet Funding in NDAA

Apr 30, 2015


Mr. Speaker, I come before you today to thank my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee, particularly Chairman Mac Thornberry and Ranking Member Adam Smith, for all of the hard work they have put in to crafting our country’s national defense priorities for the upcoming year. Specifically, I want to thank them for responding to a critical Navy shortfall and a national security need by including the authorization for funding of 12 F/A-18 Super Hornets in the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Super Hornet is truly the workhorse of naval combat operations against the Islamic State and is playing an important role in protecting our warfighter abroad. 12 additional Super Hornets will help keep a critical production line open that will provide more strike fighter jets and electronic warfare attack in the future.

But, our work isn’t finished. I look forward to supporting the NDAA when it comes to the House floor and fighting for Super Hornets to be included during the appropriations process.

Thank you, and I yield back the balance of my time.