Delegation Statement on F35s

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement today.

“The job of the Vermont Air Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing has not changed. Only the plane is changing. We are unaware of any intention or proposal to equip the Vermont Air Guard’s current or future aircraft with nuclear weapons. Should such a proposal be made, we would vigorously oppose it. 

Burlington Airport does not have the facilities required to securely store nuclear weapons, including hardened hangars and underground bunkers, enhanced perimeter security and specialized handling equipment.  Moreover, we would also strongly oppose the appropriation of funds for that construction, if ever proposed.”