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Miller Hails Passage of NDAA Which Includes Protections for SANGB
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments regarding the passage of the H.R.4310, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. H.R.4310 includes the suspension of all of the proposed changes to the Air National Guard nation-wide, including the loss of the 107th Fighter Squadron’s 24 A-10s based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, for the following year. H.R.4310 based by a bipartisan vote of 299 to 120. Miller said:
“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.
“I understand and support the imperative to cut federal spending, including in the Department of Defense, but the fact of the matter is the Air National Guard is the most cost effective part of the Air Force providing 35% of the air capability for only 6% of the cost. As such it was the exact wrong place to look in the budget to find needed savings. Eliminating the proposed cuts to the Air National Guard also doesn’t add one penny of new spending because we were able to locate other spending cuts across the entire Pentagon Budget to provide these protections to the Air National Guard. To show just how cost effective the Air Guard is, the total cost of providing these protections amounted to a little more than 1/10th of 1 percent of the budget.
“While this is an important step forward it is only the beginning of the legislative effort. The legislation now goes to the United States Senate where the process to develop their bill will begin next week. 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.”