National, MO defense funding priorities pass the Senate

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - According to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) several national and Missouri defense priorities were passed by the Senate in the FY2019 Appropriations Bill.

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The measure passed on August 23 by a vote of 85-7.

Included in the bill:

  • Military Pay Raise: The bill provides a military pay raise of 2.6 percent, the largest increase for service members in nearly a decade.
  • Missouri National Guard: The measure includes $320 million for the procurement of 15 Black Hawk helicopters.
  • Super Hornets: The bill provides funding for 24 Super Hornets, which are manufactured in St. Louis, Mo., to meet the U.S. Navy’s tactical aviation shortfall. In addition, the bill provides multiyear procurement authority to enter into a contract to ensure the production line in St. Louis stays active for years to come.
  • U.S. Air Force T-X Trainer: The bill provides full funding for the U.S. Air Force T-X trainer. The T-X trainer, which was designed in St. Louis and could be built there, is a two-seat trainer aircraft that would replace the decades-old T-38 trainer currently in use by the U.S. Air Force.

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