Smith Votes for Department of Defense Funding Bill
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today voted to pass H.R. 3222, the fiscal year 2008 Department of Defense appropriations bill. The bill includes $2 million in funding for Royal Plastics Manufacturing in Minden, Nebraska, to develop high temperature materials for use on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other advanced flight platforms. The measure passed 400-15.
The $459.3 billion measure provides funding for the Department of Defense, our nation's military, and research into new weapon technology.
"Providing the funding our armed forces need to keep our nation safe - both now and in the future - is tremendously important. This bill is necessary and needed. Royal Plastics is developing new and exciting technologies which will have a real impact on our nation's military strength," Smith said.
Included in the bill was funding for Royal Plastics Manufacturing specifically requested by Smith:
$2 million for high temperature, laser sintered polymeric material digital product - Royal Plastics Manufacturing Inc. Advanced flight platforms including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter require materials with unique properties including high temperature capability and the ability to discharge electrostatic buildup. Polymeric materials meet these critical requirements in addition to being lighter weight and less expensive that metallic counterparts.