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Simpson Supports Legislation to Fund A-10s and Troops

Washington, October 1, 2015

The House of Representatives today passed the conference report to H.R. 1735, - the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the legislation which authorizes many important programs that support our military, including a pay increase and benefits to military members and their families.

The conference report includes important Idaho priorities such as a provision which prevents retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a squadron of which currently operates at Gowen Field in Boise and it also authorizes funding for the aircraft to continue operating.

“By ensuring the A-10 remains available for close air support, we are responding to the needs of the service members that operate them and to the brave men and women on the ground that rely on them,” said Simpson. “While I certainly acknowledge that the Air Force must make difficult decisions in this time of reduced budgets, the A-10’s low operating costs and unique capabilities merit our continued support until an appropriate replacement can be identified. I am pleased today’s conference report recognizes the unique importance and contributions of the A-10.”

The conference report also delays the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to active duty Army through June 30th of fiscal year 2016. The Apache helicopters also operate at Gowen Field.

The conference report to H.R. 1735 passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 270-156.