|Loebsack Statement on the 2013 Defense Policy Bill|
|News Releases - Military & Veterans News|
|Written by Joe Hand|
|Friday, 21 December 2012 09:14|
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was voted on by the House of Representatives. Loebsack authored a bipartisan amendment that blocked retirement of the Iowa National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing in the House-passed version of the bill and fought against allowing the proposed cuts to move forward in the final bill. For the first time, Loebsack did not sign the conference report and opposed passage of the bill. Click here to view Loebsack’s floor speech.
“The men and women of the 132nd have fought for our nation time and again and are one of the most experienced and cost-effective units in the country. When the Pentagon initially announced their short-sighted plan to retire the F-16s, I spearheaded the bipartisan effort to stop it because they could not demonstrate why it was a good deal for taxpayers or our national security. They still have not provided that justification. I strongly opposed this decision and therefore could not support the bill.
“I am also strongly opposed to a provision that would affect the Pentagon’s civilian workforce, possibly including positions such as those at Rock Island Arsenal. The men and women at Rock Island Arsenal work every day in support of our troops and make essential and cost-effective contributions to our national security. While savings and efficiencies can be found in the defense budget, arbitrary reductions without strategy or analysis, like what this proposal calls for, undermines national security efforts like those at Rock Island Arsenal and hurts good jobs and the local economy in the Quad Cities.
“While I cannot support the underlying bill because of these misguided proposals, I am proud to have worked to include many provisions that will support our military families, National Guard and Reserve, and the Rock Island Arsenal.”
Specific Loebsack initiatives in the bill include:
Rock Island Arsenal Workload
Housing Benefits Fix for National Guard
National Guard Counterdrug Schools
Travel Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Retirees
Pay Raise for troops
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