Today, an amendment to protect Ohio Air National Guard units and Ohio jobs that was co-sponsored Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) passed through the House of Representatives as part of the larger National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The amendment, passed last week through the House Armed Services Committee, protects Ohio Air National Guard units from being dissolved, saving jobs and preventing an economic disaster in Ohio communities.
"I am encouraged to see this critical amendment to protect Ohio jobs pass through the House, and I hope the Senate follows our lead in ensuring these units and jobs are protected," said Sutton. "These National Guard units are integral parts of our communities, and by supporting them, we are supporting the small businesses and working families that rely on their mission. I will continue to advocate for these protections of our National Guard units, and standby our brave men and women in uniform."
Sutton co-sponsored and worked to pass this amendment which restores cuts to the Air National Guard and prohibits the transfer or retirement of any aircraft by the Air Force in Fiscal Year 2013. This Amendment will directly prevent the termination of the current C-27 mission as part of the 179 Airlift Wing at Mansfield Air National Guard Base in Mansfield, OH. If the C-27 mission was dissolved, it would have put approximately 350 full time and nearly a thousand part-time jobs at risk of termination according to the Department of Defense.
In addition to the amendment to protect the Ohio Air National Guard and communities supported by those bases, Sutton authored, introduced, and passed an amendment to allow the Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Materials to strengthen the Department of Defense supply-chain by putting a priority on buying American-made materials, strengthening national security and American manufacturing jobs. The Sutton Amendment passed unanimously via voice vote during the committee markup and was included in the final vote in the House.
Also included in the passed version of the NDAA is language that funds the Department of Defense Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, and increases funding for critical corrosion prevention and mitigation programs by $10 million. Provisions introduced by Sutton also require the Department of Defense to consider the cost of corrosion when estimating the overall cost of programs during the design phase of the procurement process.
A strong supporter of anti-corrosion efforts, Sutton has worked closely with the University of Akron's Corrosion and Reliability Engineering program, helping to create the first of its kind program in the United States and making Northeast Ohio a leader on corrosion prevention.