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McCaskill pleased state Legislature reversed positions - now supports jet produced by Missourians

Senator called on the Legislature to consider impact previous resolution assailing the jet would have on jobs at one of Missouri’s top manufacturers

October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After repeated calls for the Missouri Legislature to consider the impact of its resolution implying that the F/A-18 Super Hornet—produced in St. Louis by thousands of Missouri workers—is “obsolete,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today said she is pleased with the passage of a new resolution by the Missouri House of Representatives expressing support for the F/A-18.

“The original resolution was a slap in the face to the thousands of hard-working Missourians who proudly manufacture the Super Hornet,” McCaskill said. “I’m pleased the Missouri House changed its position before jeopardizing further job creation for one of the state’s top manufacturers.”

Earlier this month, McCaskill criticized Missouri lawmakers’ resolution that called for full funding of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  McCaskill called the F-35 the “poster child of a bloated, out-of-control, over-budget, behind schedule aircraft.”

McCaskill has been a vocal advocate of the F/A-18 during her tenure in Congress, pointing out during Senate Armed Service Committee hearings that it is far cheaper than the F-35, but provides nearly all of the same capabilities.  She has regularly touted the U.S. Navy’s support of the aircraft and comments by senior military leaders whom praise the capabilities of the F/A-18.  McCaskill believes that the F/A-18 provides an affordable, on-time, highly capable fighter jet that can save taxpayers money while still providing our warfighters the finest equipment. 

Last year, McCaskill successfully assisted the Navy in entering into a new multi-year procurement for F/A-18s.

While the F-35 will play an important role in the future of military tactical aviation, McCaskill also emphasized that the program must perform better, including getting costs under control.

Yesterday, the Missouri House approved a new resolution that praises the F/A-18 and urged Congress to support further production of the jet and full funding for that program.

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