U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican from Dunn, on Monday offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 that would prevent the Department of Defense from going ahead with a proposal to deactivate Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing.
The Second District, which Ellmers represents, includes Fort Bragg. Democratic Reps. David Price of Chapel Hill and Mike McIntyre of Lumberton, whose districts also include areas near the base, co-sponsored the amendment.
The proposal to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing was part of President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget proposal.
The amendment Ellmers introduced went to the House Rules Committee. Its members will meet Monday night and Tuesday night to decide on whether to approve amendments to the legislation.
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The amendment prohibits the use of defense funds to inactivate or relocate the defense wing or “otherwise disrupt” its mission.
If the Rules Committee approves it, Ellmers will be able to introduce the amendment on the House floor, and then lawmakers will vote on it.
“While these proposed cuts do not reflect a final agreement, I remain deeply concerned about the effect this will have back home. These cuts would be detrimental for the Fayetteville community – eradicating jobs and damaging the livelihood of many hard working men and women who serve Fort Bragg and Pope Airfield,” Ellmers said in a statement. “Not only do these cuts exceed what the law requires, they present unnecessary burdens on Fort Bragg and Pope Airfield troops, their families and our national security.”