WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee released the Chairman’s mark of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, which included a reduction in funding for the JLENS aerostat program. The bill includes only $2.5 million in funding, compared to the $45 million requested in the FY17 budget. Congresswoman Speier has been an outspoken critic of this wasteful program.

“I commend the Chairman for defunding JLENS as I have urged the committee repeatedly,” said Speier. “This isn’t the first time we’ve tried to kill this ‘zombie program’ – let’s hope it stays dead this time. I look forward to working with my colleagues to put this money to use protecting our nation, rather than sending it to float away on a path of destruction from Maryland to Pennsylvania.”

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