WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, fought to secure funding for well-paying materials and manufacturing jobs in the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations package, which passed Congress this week. Specifically, the bill includes support for research at HBCUs like Delaware State University and adds $160 million above the president’s request for upgrades to the Army’s Chinook Block II helicopter program that employs hundreds of Delawareans across the Delaware Valley.

“Delawareans have long been employed by some of the top manufacturing and materials producers in the country. This year’s spending package clearly recognizes the role our state plays in producing some of the highest quality defense-related research and aircraft in the world,” said Senator Coons. “I’m glad that the new defense bill bolsters more of the programs that have provided well-paying jobs to Delawareans in our state and across the region and continues to support our Delaware Air National Guard and our military.”

The federal spending bill includes provisions that will directly support Delaware jobs including:

  • Strong funding for Department of Defense-related research at HBCUs like Delaware State University.
  • Strong funding for research programs that the University of Delaware participates in, and which help create well-paid materials and manufacturing jobs.
  • $160 million above the President’s request for the Army’s Chinook Block II helicopter upgrades and $29 million for advance procurement. This program employs hundreds of Delawareans across the Delaware Valley.
  • Funding for six additional aircraft in the V-22 program, which is another important source of jobs for Delawareans.
  • $259 million in upgrades to C-130H aircraft, used by Delaware’s Air National Guard.

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