AIA Welcomes Enactment of Defense Appropriations Bill

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased to see enactment of the Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill honors the defense funding cap for fiscal year 2019 that was included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, providing an increase in DOD’s base budget of approximately 3% above the current year. It also contains a provision keeping the rest of the government open on a continuing resolution through Dec. 7.

“AIA has been calling on Congress for years to pass the appropriations bills before the new fiscal year starts,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “This action avoids the disruptions and contracting delays from long-term continuing resolutions that had become routine for the past several years. Our industry now has the certainty to move forward with hiring and investment decisions to meet the requirements laid out in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.”

By providing more than $240 billion for DOD investment in modernization, readiness, and research and development, this legislation helps to address our national security challenges and maintain a healthy and resilient defense industrial base. We are pleased with the bill’s targeted increases in such critical areas as materials technology, microelectronics technology and support, and manufacturing science and technology programs.

With five bills now enacted before the fiscal year starts, Congress has made significant progress toward funding the government in a timely and non-disruptive fashion. The aerospace and defense industry appreciates this action, and is hopeful that work can be completed on the remaining bills before the continuing resolution expires on Dec. 7.