Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) voted today to protect Ohio Air National Guard units from being dissolved, saving jobs and preventing an economic disaster in Ohio communities during the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House Armed Services Committee.
"The men and women in uniform who serve in our National Guard did not create this recession or put people out of work, they work every day to protect our state and country and we should fight to protect them from harmful cuts," said Sutton. "When we dissolve National Guard units, we are not only hurting those in uniform and their families, we impose a negative impact on local small businesses and institutions. I proudly stood up for Ohio National Guard units to ensure they can continue their mission, and I will continue to fight for them against further attempts to dissolve their mission."
Sutton co-sponsored and worked to pass an 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 and other cuts would have taken place, 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.