Thune Amendment in Support of Next Generation Bomber Included in Defense Bill

Thune Amendment in Support of Next Generation Bomber Included in Defense Bill

John_Thune_official_photoWASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today voted in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is the primary vehicle for authorizing defense spending for Fiscal Year 2014. Included in the compromise version of the bill was Thune’s amendment (S.Amdt. 2093) that put Congress on record in support for the next generation Long-Range Strike Bomber.

“The next generation bomber is an important part of a 21st century strategy to protect our interests worldwide, both as a deterrent and as a military asset,” said Thune. “My amendment not only put Congress on record in support of the next generation bomber, but it also highlights the importance of upgrading our current bomber fleet, including the B-1B Bomber based at Ellsworth Air Force Base in order to maintain combat effectiveness in the face of continued advancements in the anti-access capabilities of foreign powers.”

Thune’s amendment did not receive a vote during consideration of the Senate’s version of the NDAA due to the failure of the Democrat majority to allow an open amendment process. However, Thune’s amendment was included in the compromise version of the NDAA, which passed the House on December 12, 2013. The bill will now be sent to the president for his signature.

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6 comments

  • Along with indefinite detention of American citizens…

  • Amazing we can find money to buy airplanes, but can’t get a mandatory funding bill for health care to take care of our priority eight veterans, shameful.

  • Common Ground/Common Sense

    Do we really need the development of a new bomber? Especially now? Isn’t the current fleet mission capable for the foreseeable future? Shouldn’t one of our immediate priorities be to make sure out military and civilian technology is not stolen from primarily Chinese and other government spies and hackers which is of great concern and seems to be more common than we realized?

  • Thune is working hard for his constituents. Unfortunately, those constituents do not live in South Dakota.

  • Common Ground/Common Sense

    The amount of tech the Chinese are stealing is simply amazing. Imagine the human and financial resources going into development not only for our defense but for our civilian companies to be competitive. Then they acquire those technologies at very minimal costs which just guts our industry, kills jobs, has a ripple effect in the economy and puts our country and those that serve in the military at risk in case of conflict. Safeguarding our intellectual property, technology and cyber security should be the focus rather than a new hyper expensive bomber program right now that most likely isn’t really needed.

    • You are spot on. To exacerbate the problem, China has lured away droves of nano-scientists from the US and now have well over 5,000 nano-scientists and their staffs working their butts off to control that future.

      Nanotechnology has come a long way since W got that tie that could not get dirty as a gift from the Chinese.