U.S. House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a Pentagon policy measure that blocks Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II retirements and greenlights plans to arm Syrian rebels, a measure that should hit the House floor this week.
Senior aides from the House and Senate Armed Services committees told reporters Tuesday a compromise 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would clear the military to spend $519 billion (including $19 billion for the Energy Department) in base funds and $63.7 billion for America’s conflicts.
The U.S. Air Force had proposed retiring its A-10 attack plane fleet to save billions over the jets’ remaining life. But lawmakers rejected the idea, saying, among other arguments, the planes are needed now in Iraq.
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