McSally Secures Major Victories for the A-10 and Arizona
Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill into law today. This legislation will allocate $674.4 billion to rebuild our armed forces, restore military readiness, and support our warfighters. U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s amendment to increase funding for the A-10 wing replacement program was also included in the final appropriations bill. This amendment increases the total amount of funding for new A-10 wings to $144 million, which will allow for the re-winging of roughly 14-20 planes. Earlier this month, Representative McSally sent a letter to the Defense Appropriations Conference Committee urging that they include her amendment to fund the A-10 wing replacement program at the full authorized amount.
"For the last ten years, partisan bickering in Washington has failed to prioritize funding our military on schedule. Our troops pay the price, not knowing when their funding — for critical equipment, bases, and future warfighting capabilities — would be passed,” said Congresswoman McSally. "Since coming to Congress as one of the few veterans here, I have tirelessly advocated against continuing resolutions (CRs), especially for defense, by providing a first-hand voice of how detrimental CRs are to our military. Today, we can let our troops know that we support them and have their backs. This funding will continue the positive trend of rebuilding our military and restoring readiness, which will ultimately translate to maintaining our strategic edge, deterring our enemies, and saving American lives.”
This defense bill allocates:
- $163 million in funding for the A-10 fleet, including $144 million for new wings – $65 million above the Air Force request thanks to an amendment Congresswoman McSally included in the bill and shepherded through the conference process.
- $224 million for Compass Call cross deck initiative—more than double the amount requested, which will allow for acceleration of modernization for this vital information warfare and electronic attack operations platform.
- $243.2B for training, maintenance, and base operations to ensure our troops are prepared for their missions, like the critical missions at Arizona bases, including F-35 pilot training at Luke Air Force base; A-10 pilot training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base; military intelligence training and electronic testing at Ft. Huachuca; munitions testing in Yuma; and many others.
The bill also funds programs that support Arizona’s premier defense industry:
- $9.3 billion for 93 F-35 aircraft, which supports 27 suppliers and more than 6,000 jobs in Arizona.
- $1.1B for 66 AH-64 Apache helicopters, which are made in Mesa, Arizona.
- Funds critical munitions, including the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), SM-3, and SM-6 missiles, which are manufactured in Tucson.
- Supports the Global Hawk program, which is maintained in Sierra Vista.
- Includes $163 million for MQ-1C Grey Eagle, which is supported by Arizona suppliers.
- Adds $6 million for strategic radiation-hardened microelectronic processors to help guard against threats to our satellite constellations which fuel U.S. communications and global positioning satellites and are used in weapons systems that are Arizona-made.
- Provides $16 billion for basic, applied, and advanced research—an increase of $771 million-- that will benefit Arizona’s world-class research enterprises.