WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), who serves as a member of both the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense’s approval of 12 additional E/A-18G Growler aircraft during the markup of the FY2015 defense spending bill today:

“I’m very pleased my colleagues on the defense appropriations subcommittee have agreed to fund the production of 12 additional Growler aircraft. This important move preserves our nation’s airborne electronic attack capability and continues to support an irreplaceable defense industrial base in Missouri.”

In May 2014, Blunt and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) offered an amendment that was included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorized $100 million for the U.S. Navy to keep the Growler production line open.

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