Defending the A-10
When American troops find themselves in perilous positions on the battlefield, there is no better sound overhead than the A-10 bringing its 30 mm gun to bear on the enemy. Yet over the last two years, the Obama administration and Air Force leadership have been working overtime to mothball our entire A-10 fleet, 13 years ahead of schedule. This decision to divest the A-10 is, by the Administration's own admission, a budget-driven decision that will create a capability gap in the Close Air Support (CAS) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions. The result is American lives will be put at risk.
I've led a bipartisan effort to advocate for funding of the A-10 and to keep our best Close Air Support asset in the air and protecting our troops. Read about my efforts below.
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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 20 lawmakers in sending a letter request to Senate leadership and high ranking appropriators urging them to include funding for new wings for the A-10 fleet in any final FY18 spending package. The A-10 wing production line was shut down because the Obama Administration unsuccessfully attempted to mothball A-10s and cripple the fleet. These requested funds would jumpstart the production line again.
WASHINGTON, DC— President Trump today signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes defense spending at $634 billion and contains every single provision that Congresswoman McSally tirelessly fought to include for our troops and Arizona. Her measures include full protection and upgrades for the A-10, EC-130, missile defense, and increases for other defense assets throughout the state—including boosts to space-based missile defense and procurement of additional F-35 Lightning joint strike fighter jets and AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement on her vote in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report:
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act which the House passed today by a vote of 235—192. This national security appropriations package includes the appropriations bills for defense, military construction and veterans, energy and water, and the legislative branch.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), comprehensive legislation that funds United States defense efforts and includes important Southern Arizona provisions that Congresswoman Martha McSally fought to include. The bill fully funds the A-10 Warthog and EC-130H Compass Call, restarts much-needed upgrades and the production of new wings for the A-10 fleet, funds missions at Ft Huachuca, and supports Raytheon’s missiles.
WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Representative Martha McSally successfully secured funding for Southern Arizona’s defense assets in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House Armed Services Committee passed last night. Because of Rep. McSally’s efforts, FY 2018 NDAA fully funds and starts replacing the wings of the A-10 fleet, funds and upgrades the EC-130H fleet, funds critical missions at Ft. Huachuca and also funds critical defense missiles built by Raytheon. The final bill includes Rep.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally tonight questioned Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford during a House Armed Services Full Committee Hearing evaluating how the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 addresses the military readiness crisis with respect to the military threat of North Korea and the crucial war-fighting capability of the A-10.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today voted in support of H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the Federal government for the current fiscal year.
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ-02) today participated in a vital House Armed Services Committee hearing about the implications a long-term continuing resolution (CR) would have on our armed forces. During the hearing, Rep. McSally questioned General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force on the impact that a CR would have on flying operations, specifically Air Force readiness. Their exchange highlighted how the CR would ground pilots at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives 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.
Watch Rep. McSally speak in support of this legislation on the House floor below.