U.S. Rep. McSally Advocates for A-10 Funding Before Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today testified before the Defense Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations to advocate for the A-10 Warthog. Her testimony showcased the unique strengths of the A-10 and highlighted the need for full funding to preserve the fleet in fiscal year 2018.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to testify on the importance of funding the A-10 before the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today,” said Rep. McSally. “The A-10 is the only plane that has the lethality, loiter time, and survivability to provide premier Close Air Support, Combat Search and Rescue support, and Forward Air Control-Airborne capabilities for the Air Force. We must provide sufficient funds for the critical wing upgrades that are necessary to keep the aircraft in action.”
“Congresswoman McSally has a unique background and a deep understanding of defense issues,” Chairwoman Kay Granger said. “The Defense Appropriations Subcommittee is grateful for her testimony today. She is a tireless advocate for our military and the A-10. Her insight is invaluable as we work to rebuild our military to be stronger than ever.”
Rep. McSally’s testimony today follows her tireless efforts to save the A-10 from premature retirement. In particular, she has fought for necessary wing upgrades, successfully adding amendments with this provision to defense funding legislation.