Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) joined Rep. Tom Latham and the rest of the Iowa House delegation today to sponsor a last-ditch legislative effort aimed at blocking cuts to the Iowa Air National Guard Unit located in Des Moines.
A House-Senate compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act pending before Congress would eliminate F-16 fighter jets based at the Air National Guard's 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines.
If passed, the Iowa delegation's bill would effectively block elimination of these fighters.
"Eliminating the F-16 presence in Des Moines is the wrong idea, both from a national security standpoint and a cost-effectiveness standpoint," Braley said. "The Iowa delegation is going to keep fighting this poor decision by the Air Force as long as we possibly can, and I'm proud to join in this effort."