WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, Fox News highlighted the severe shortfalls facing U.S. Military aviation. The NDAA and the Bipartisan Budget Agreement both fund the military at levels that begin to fix these issues. Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), joined Fox last week to emphasize the importance of passing the Omnibus to fund these critical needs. Read some quotes from the piece below and watch the entire segment here:
"Today, only half the Navy's Super Hornet fleet can fly."
"The 2018 defense budget calls for $46.4 billion to rebuild U.S. military aviation, $11.7 billion to repair old jets, $32.5 billion to replace jets that can't be repaired, $2.2 billion to recruit new pilots and mechanics..."
"Fox News has highlighted the shortage of parts that forced airmen to cannibalize planes and search the desert boneyard for spare parts, a problem made worse by a shortage of mechanics."
"We have fallen behind in supporting our men and women adequately. The bill that we're going to vote on next week, for all its flaws, begins to fix those problems."