(June 24, 2014) The House approved last week a defense spending bill that blocks the retirement of the A-10 aircraft and approves a pay raise of 1.8 percent for military members.
A detailed look at the House version of the defense appropriations bill can be viewed here.
The House bill includes an amendment offered by Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., that prevents the Defense Department from retiring the A-10. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, however, is not giving up, saying the service would continue to "get our message out."
The Senate has yet to take up its version of the defense spending bill and NGAUS analysts predict a final vote may not occur until after the August recess or later. The new fiscal year may begin in October with a continuing resolution rather than a new budget.