House passes defense bill with new Robins spending | Military | Macon.com

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May

House passes defense bill with new Robins spending | Military | Macon.com

The House overwhelmingly passed a defense spending bill Thursday that is favorable to Robins Air Force Base.

Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ashburn, said he expects the provisions related to Robins will get approved by the Senate and signed by the president.

“All in all, I think this piece of legislation is good for Robins Air Force Base, and I think it’s good for the region,” he said.

The bill rejects the Pentagon’s attempts to retire the A-10 attack plane until it comes up with an alternative. The Boeing plant in Macon builds replacement wings for the A-10, and Moody Air Force Base is home to two A-10 squadrons.

The bill includes $73 million to begin a $2.4 billion program to replace the jets of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System unit at Robins.

The bill also includes $27 million for a new headquarters building for Air Force Reserve Command at Robins. Earlier this year a special committee recommended dissolving the command and putting Reserve troops under the regular Air Force, but that suggestion was widely criticized. Putting the money for the headquarters in the budget is a further sign Congress has no interest in abolishing the command.

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