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Knight Looks Forward to Local Jobs After Aircraft Announcement

Congressman Responds Positively to Announcement on Strategic Bomber Contract

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Washington, DC, October 27, 2015 | comments

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) applauded an announcement by the Department of the Defense and Air Force this afternoon that the contract to build the new Long Range Strike Bomber was awarded to Northrop Grumman.

The news was delivered at a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday afternoon held by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III. The contract was bid on by both Northrop Grumman and a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, all three of which have extensive manufacturing operations at Plant 42 in Palmdale, CA. In the end, Northrop Grumman received the contract, meaning that the structure of the bomber will be built in Southern California, potentially bringing thousands of aerospace jobs to the area. 

“I extend my congratulations to Northrop Grumman and look forward to watching this project develop in our community,” stated Rep. Knight. 

Rep. Knight’s involvement with the Long Range Strike Bomber project dates back to his time in the California State Senate. In 2014 he pushed forward multiple pieces of legislation that incentivize whichever company that won the contract to build part of the bomber in California by providing tax credits based on how many in-state jobs are created. Rep. Knight is confident that a significant amount of these jobs will be in the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys. After taking Congressional office, he consistently supported the Long Range Strike Program in his role on the House Armed Service Committee.

“Moving forward with this contract is a victory for the American people because it means that the United States will continue to produce high-quality aircraft that will give us an advantage in protecting our citizens and our way of life,” continued Rep. Knight. “It is also a victory for California because it will expand our aerospace manufacturing sector and bring thousands of quality jobs to our communities.”

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