House Approves Defense Bill, Includes Amendment Co-Sponsored by Hochul to Protect Air Base

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM EDT

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House Approves Defense Bill, Includes Amendment Co-Sponsored by Hochul to Protect Air Base

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM EDT

Washington D.C. (WKBW release) -- Friday, the House of Representatives voted on the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual legislation that authorizes funding for the nation’s military.

According to a news release:

The legislation included an amendment cosponsored by Congresswoman Kathy Hochul that would prohibit the US Air Force from retiring any aircraft in 2013 and increasing funding for the ANG personnel accounts, thereby preventing cuts to the ANG in hopes of protecting installations like the 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS).

“The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act with our amendment is a strong step in the right direction for the Air National Guard and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. I’m pleased the legislation includes the bipartisan amendment I cosponsored. I urge the Senate to pass the bill without delay,” said Hochul.

Earlier this year, the Department of Defense announced a proposal to eliminate 3 C-130s and cut more than 800 positions from NFARS.  These cuts represent nearly 16 percent of the total reductions nationwide. In recent months, Congresswoman Hochul has led the fight in the House to push back on these severe cuts. She has met regularly with senior military leadership, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and has worked closely with the Western New York Congressional delegation to ensure the 107th Air Wing maintains a strong presence at NFARS.