Rooney, Larson Statement on Lockheed’s F-35 Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Congressman John Larson (D-CT), co-chairmen of the House F-35 Caucus, released the following statement after Lockheed Martin announced it will be driving down the costs of its F-35 aircraft program.
The agreement, negotiated with the Department of Defense in recent months, will save $728 million for the next 90 F-35 aircraft, creating significant savings over previous contracts. In addition to the cost reduction, Lockheed announced the program will create 1,800 new jobs at their Fort Worth, Texas factory and support thousands more American jobs across the country.
“It has always been my top priority to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the latest and greatest technology at their disposal to defeat our adversaries, which for us means the F-35 aircraft,” Rep. Rooney said. “I appreciate Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon for swiftly coming to an agreement that equips our military with the most advanced aircraft in the world, while also saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“This announcement today by Lockheed is good news for our military, our national security, taxpayers, and for the thousands of workers who do remarkable work each and every day building this state of the art aircraft” Larson said. “The most capable engineers and machinists continue to build the most advanced fighters and keep the eagle flying in Connecticut and the rest of the world.”
The newly formed House F-35 caucus isn’t their first collaboration. Rooney and Larson teamed up in 2011 to strike funding for the alternative engine for the F-35, which saved taxpayers upwards of $3 billion. Passing the House with vast bipartisan support, the vote was named one of fourteen “Key House Votes of 2011.”