2004 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Snowden, Horne, Robinson (84th), Young

House Resolution 38

A RESOLUTION memorializing the United States Congress to fund the F/A-22 Raptor Program.

     WHEREAS, the Mississippi House of Representatives is pleased to join citizens across our state, our nation and the world in congratulating our troops on their recent victory in Iraq, as well as the hardworking men and women across our state who design and assemble essential equipment and weaponry for our military; and

     WHEREAS, air superiority has increasingly become a signature of our Armed Forces and a determining factor when our military is drawn into combat throughout the world; and

     WHEREAS, Mississippi’s defense and aerospace industry invests millions of dollars and employs skilled workers throughout Mississippi; and

     WHEREAS, defense and aerospace companies in Mississippi support and provide our military with cutting edge technological components that are used to assemble vital military products, like the United States Air Force’s new generation fighter, the F/A-22 Raptor; and

      WHEREAS, projects like the F/A-22 Raptor will bring millions of dollars to the Mississippi economy while providing many Mississippians with high quality jobs, thus stimulating the aerospace industry in the state; and

     WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi has a tradition of constructing both commercial and military aviation products and is the home of important components of our military’s air capabilities, as well as dedicated soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen flying and maintaining those aircraft at bases across the country:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That the members of this body recognize that the F/A-22 Raptor is critical to the Mississippi economy and that the members of this body implore the Congress of the United States to fully fund and advance the F/A-22 Raptor program, thus providing our military heroes with the vital resources they need while invigorating our economy; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives be directed to send enrolled copies of this resolution to the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, the Secretary of Defense for the United States, to each member of the Mississippi congressional delegation and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.