Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congressman Norm Dicks (WA-6) today announced the launch of the bipartisan, Joint Strike Fighter Caucus to provide Members of Congress accurate and timely information on the development, testing, and deployment of our next-generation fighter.
In this time of budget cuts, some Members of Congress have suggested curtailing or delaying the Joint Strike Fighter program. When countries such as Russia and China are testing their next-generation fighters, the Joint Strike Fighter program is an absolute necessity. Our partners and allies such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel must have the strategic and technological advantage. Maintaining air superiority will continue to be one of the most effective deterrents against threats from our common enemies such as Iran.
In addition, the JSF program directly and indirectly supports more than 127,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs across the country in 47 states and Puerto Rico.
"Like the Joint Strike Fighter program, the JSF Caucus is about partnerships. Our membership reflects the broad bipartisan support the F-35 has in Congress and part of our role is to make sure Members have the very best information possible so we can all make the best decisions possible," said Granger, who is the Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and is a member of the Defense Subcommittee.
"The F-35 program has reached a critical stage in its development as the most advanced multi-role fighter in the world. It will be important in the years ahead for this broad coalition in the House of Representatives to support an efficient production schedule to assure that America and our international partners bring the aircraft into service as quickly as possible," said Rep. Dicks, who serves as the ranking Democratic member of the House Appropriations Committee.
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