WASHINGTON May 5 The U.S. House Armed Services
Committee on Monday proposed adding $450 mln to the U.S. Navy's
fiscal 2015 budget for five more Boeing Co EA-18G
electronic attack planes, well short of the 22 jets on the
Navy's list of "unfunded priorities."
Boeing and its backers in the House and Senate are seeking
funding for 22 more planes to maintain the St. Louis, Missouri
production line where Boeing builds the planes. The line is
slated to shut after 2016 unless Boeing receives more orders.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said his
proposed changes to the Pentagon's fiscal 2015 budget found
savings across the Defense Department to fund many key programs,
but "there simply was not enough to save every program."
In a press release announcing the chairman's "mark," the
committee said McKeon "recognizes the need for continued
production of the EA-18G Growler but was only able to fund five
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Bernard Orr)