Senate committee-passed budget spares Selfridge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin says the Senate Armed Services Committee that he chairs has eliminated proposed Air National Guard cuts that would have cost Michigan bases hundreds of jobs.

The Michigan Democrat's office says the $631 billion annual Pentagon budget bill the committee unanimously approved Thursday "rejects proposals to eliminate Air National Guard aircraft and personnel, including proposed cuts at Michigan bases."

Under the Obama administration's proposal, Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County's Harrison Township near Mount Clemens would have lost an A-10 fighter jet unit. The Pentagon's budget plan also called for cutting C-27J cargo planes at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

The bill instead would create a National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force to report to Congress on possible operations changes.

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