WASHINGTON, D.C. (My TV20 News at 10) --- The loss of A-10's at Selfridge Air Guard Base and two other bases has been delayed, if not frozen.
That's because there's disagreement over the $642-Billion defense bill that the House today passed - a bill that President Obama has said he will veto. The bill heads for the Senate.
Michigan 10th District U.S. Representative Candice Miller voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.
The vote temporarily freezes any personnel and aircraft transfers until 2013, That means that 24 A-10's that make up the 107th Fighter Squadron at Selfridge will stay put.
Miller said that “For the last few months members of the 107th Fighter Squadron based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and those who support the Michigan Air National Guard have been very concerned about the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts that would have eliminated the 107th along with over 500 jobs. Today I was proud to vote in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that fully protects not only the 107th Fighter Squadron from cuts, but also Air National Guard Units across the country and which passed with a strong bipartisan vote."
Miller add that "It is my sincere hope that the Senate will follow our lead in the House and adopt similar provisions to protect the 107th Fighter Squadron and the entire Air National Guard across the nation from these terrible proposed cuts.”
The Air Force had planned to deactivate the A-10's here, as well as at Air Guard bases in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Fort Smith, Arkansas.