The U.S. House today passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2017. The bill had bipartisan support, passing 371 to 48. This legislation provides important funding for pilots, aircraft, and base operations, among countless other important aspects of military readiness. It also fully funds the missions at Fort Huachuca and the entire A-10 fleet, allowing for critical upgrades to extend the service life of the aircraft.
“I am proud to see a bipartisan majority in the House pass this important funding measure today,” said Rep. Martha McSally in a statement from her office. “As a 26 year veteran of the Air Force, I know firsthand how important it is to supply our military with the resources that they need to keep our country safe. This legislation does so by addressing our critical readiness situation, keeping our military on the cutting edge of new technology, and supporting our warfighters with the pay raise they deserve. I am also especially glad to see that this legislation recognizes the value of the A-10 and will supply the necessary funding to keep these planes in service.”
McSally’s support for this piece of legislation today follows her long-standing commitment to funding our military and defending the A-10. She has repeatedly called on Congress and the President to fund the A-10, introduced an amendment for the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations Act to supply necessary resources for the aircraft, and led efforts to finance wing upgrades for the fleet.
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