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House Measure Provides Critical Funding to Keep A-10 Flying

The United States House of Representatives passed legislation today to keep the A-10 Thunderbolt flying with $103 million for A-10 wing upgrades. Additionally, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues the prohibition on retiring the A-10.

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01), who represents Moody Air Force Base in Congress, has been a leader in the fight to protect the A-10.

"This is a big win in the fight to ensure the A-10 keeps flying to provide our troops with the vital close air support they need," Carter said. "Not only does this legislation prevent a premature retirement of the A-10, it also provides important funding for upgrades. The A-10 is battle tested in the fight against ISIS and is critical to protecting our troops on the ground. The legislation passed today ensures the Warthog is able to protect our troops on the ground with critical wing upgrades."

The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House today with Carter's support. The NDAA is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligations to "provide for the common defense." The legislation sets defense policy for the year and offers a $631.5 billion defense spending blueprint. The legislation increases troop pay and benefits, supports missions to defeat ISIS, and restores the readiness of our military.