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Buffalo - House Approves Bill Protecting Falls Air Base

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Protecting installations including the 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station was the aim of a House bill adopted Thursday.

The Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 included provisions prohibiting the U.S. Air Force from retiring any aircraft next year, while increasing funding for the Air National Guard personnel accounts. The move is aimed at preventing cuts, according to information from Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst.

"The passage of this legislation is another step toward ensuring the future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, which is crucial to our national security and Western New York's economy," said Hochul, who serves on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security. "While this is an ongoing process, the bill passed tonight is another victory in our effort to protect the 107th Airlift Wing. I urge the Senate to pass the bill without delay."

Earlier this year, Department of Defense officials proposed cutting more than 800 posts from Niagara Falls and the elimination of three C-130 aircraft.

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