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Larson on Statement on Funding for 90 F-35

May 20, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released a statement on the approval of funding from the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the Fiscal Year 2020.

“The F-35’s importance to our national security cannot be ignored as global threats continue to increase. In spite of the President’s request for only 78 F-35s in the upcoming fiscal year, I am pleased the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee was able to fully fund my request for 60 F-35As, totaling 90 fighters. The Subcommittee also provided full modernization funding to ensure the program will keep pace with the evolving threats for years to come. This funding will ensure that our men and women protecting our country have access to the best technology available, and will support thousands of high-skilled manufacturing jobs throughout the country and in Connecticut,” said Larson.

In April, Larson led the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus letter requesting 102 F-35s (60 F-35As, 22 F-35Bs, and 20 F-35Cs) for the FY2020 . His request received overwhelming bipartisan support from 103 Members of Congress.