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Lawmaker's attempt to delay Air Force cuts until February fails

Jun. 5, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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A Mississippi lawmaker’s effort to delay realignment of Air Force units was derailed Wednesday because the Air Force couldn’t tell him how much the delay might cost.

For Rep. Steve Palazzo, a Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, the Air Force’s inability to estimate how much it plans to spend on force realignment is a sign of why the shift needs to be delayed.

But, under committee rules, he was forced to withdraw his amendment because he was unable to address cost implications.

Palazzo sought to bar the Air Force from spending any money on realignment until 90 days after National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force submits its recommendations to Congress and President Obama.

The commission was created by Congress last year, and it held its first meeting in April.

Palazzo said it was “ridiculous” for the Air Force to move any units until the study is complete.

He introduced and then withdrew his amendment on Wednesday during debate on HR 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014.

The force structure commission is not expected to make recommendations until February.

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