DEFENSE BILL: Grim Future For Des Moines’ F-16s

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The U.S. house is expected to vote on a defense spending bill Thursday. If the bill is approved it means the end of 21 F-16 fighter jets stationed in Des Moines.

Negotiators in the House and Senate came to an agreement on the bill on Monday, but all of Iowa’s congressional delegation has been fighting against the cuts for months.

Congressman Bruce Braley says he will likely vote against the bill because of the cuts, and a $90 billion boost in funding for the war in Afghanistan.

However, Braley does admit the bill has some perks. “Some very significant improvements in the Defense Authorization bill include pay raises for our troops, improvements in sexual assault prevention and reporting, also improvements that are going to impact suicide prevention, and strengthen the role of our National Guard and our National defense operations.”

Braley says the bill will most likely pass in the house Thursday and then move on to discussion in the Senate on Friday.

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