For Immediate Release
July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON Wagner Statement on Passage of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act
“The Make America Secure Appropriations Act fulfills many of our conservative priorities while strengthening our national defense and spending taxpayer dollars wisely. It ensures military preparedness, takes care of our veterans, fully funds President Trump’s request for the border wall, and provides the largest pay raise for our troops in over 8 years,” said Rep. Ann Wagner. “I am particularly pleased that projects I advocated for heavily are being fully funded, including the production of 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, doubled funding for the Fisher House Foundation, and full support for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new headquarters in St. Louis. Supporting these local priorities will take care of our military families, stimulate the local St. Louis economy for years to come, and strengthen our national defense,” she added.
· 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.
· The base version of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act included $5 million in funding for the Fisher House Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. An amendment sponsored by Congresswoman Wagner doubled the amount this foundation received to $10 million dollars.
· The Make America Secure Appropriations Act also included $200 million in 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.