Sending Office: Honorable Rick Larsen
Sent By:
Seamus.McKeon@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Procurement of 18 KC-46 Tankers

 

The deadline to sign on is COB on Wednesday, April 25

Endorsed by International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)

 

Current Cosigners: Nanette Diaz Barragán, Bob Brady,
Anthony Brown, Wm. Lacy Clay, Paul Cook, Charlie Crist,
Rosa DeLauro, Adriano Espaillat, John Garamendi, Denny Heck,
Lynn Jenkins, Marcy Kaptur, Steve Knight, Thomas MacArthur, Roger Marshall, Patrick Meehan,
Grace Napolitano, Donald Norcross, Jimmy Panetta, Dave Reichert, Steve Russell,
Kurt Schrader, Carol Shea-Porter, Christopher Smith, Thomas Suozzi

 

Dear Colleague:

 

We invite you to sign onto a bipartisan letter to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and Armed Services Committee supporting procurement of 18 KC-46A Pegasus tankers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, an increase of three aircraft above the President’s Budget.

Before the KC-46A, the last new aerial refueling tanker was delivered in 1987. These older aircraft are tough and proven, but their advanced age is affecting availability and readiness. Our warfighters deserve a modern refueling tanker. Adding three aircraft
above the President’s budget request in FY 2019 ensures consistent KC-46A production and will accelerate replenishment of the existing tanker force.

If you have any questions or would like to add your name to this letter, please contact J.Z. Golden (Jonathan.Golden@mail.house.gov) of Rep. Larsen’s office or Greg Baker (Greg.Baker@mail.house.gov)
of Rep. Estes’s office.

 

Sincerely,

/s                                                                                  /s         

Rick Larsen                                                                 Ron Estes

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

 

April 24, 2018

 

The Honorable Mac Thornberry

Chair

House Armed Services Committee

2120 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Kay Granger

Chair

House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

H-405, The Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

The Honorable Adam Smith

Ranking Member

House Armed Services Committee

2120 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

The Honorable Peter Visclosky

Ranking Member

House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chairs and Ranking Members:

 

After nearly 40 years, the United States Air Force is on the brink of receiving a new aerial refueling tanker – the KC-46A Pegasus.  This is a welcomed development for the Nation’s warfighters, and we ask for your support in the Fiscal Year 2019 defense
bills.

 

As you know, the Air Force is replacing the current tanker fleet of Eisenhower-era KC-135s and Reagan-era KC-10s. These aircraft have been the cornerstone of the refueling mission, but the advanced age of the KC-135s has begun to undermine the fleet’s readiness
and availability.  The Air Force requires the multi-functional capability that the KC-46A will offer. The new platform will provide aerial refueling to U.S. and coalition aircraft via a more modern refueling boom and hose and drogue systems. It will bring
the latest tools to detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats, and it can deploy worldwide in any operational environment, designed to transport not just fuel but cargo, passengers, and patients while performing aeromedical evacuation missions.

 

As the Committees consider annual authorization and appropriations, we respectfully urge you to support the procurement of 18 tankers. The defense Committees have been a steward of taxpayer funding during this program’s development under a fixed price contract.
The Committees can support the Air Force even further by maintaining steady procurement in this fiscal year.

 

Our nation’s tanker fleet is the cornerstone of any operation that requires aerial assets. However, the current, aging fleet is in dire need of both new and additional assets, and we ask for your continued strong support for KC-46A tankers in the Fiscal
Year 2019 Defense Authorization and Appropriations bills. We look forward to working with you throughout the year on this issue of national security. Thank you for your consideration of our request. 

 

Sincerely,

 

/s                                                                                  /s         

Rick Larsen                                                                 Ron Estes

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

 

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