Loebsack Amendment to Save 132nd Fighter Wing Passes House
Legislation also includes initiative to boost to Rock Island Arsenal; Housing fix for the Guard; Pay raise for Troops
Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded House passage of critical provisions in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included in the legislation was an amendment authored by Loebsack that would prevent personnel and aircraft from the 132nd Fighter Wing based in Des Moines from being retired or cut. As the only Member of Congress from Iowa on the House Armed Services Committee, Loebsack also included a provision that directs the Department of Defense to identify the critical manufacturing capabilities provided by arsenals, including Rock Island Arsenal, and determine the amount of work that is required to maintain them in peacetime.
“The men and women who serve our nation deserve the best support, resources and care available. While I do not support every provision in this bill, I am proud to have addressed many Iowa priorities in this bill and to have addressed critical national security challenges. I am pleased the House voted in a bipartisan fashion to save the 132nd fighter wing, provide a boost for the Rock Island Arsenal and provide a deserved pay increase for the troops. The quality of work being performed, especially by the Iowa Air Guard and the highly-skilled men and women at the Arsenal, is vital to our national security and second to none.”
Below are additional details about Loebsack initiatives included in the legislation.
Amendment to save the 132nd Fighter Wing
Boost for Rock Island Arsenal; Stops BRAC rounds
Housing Benefits Fix for National Guard
National Guard Counterdrug Schools
Pay Raise for troops