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Senate to Vote on Future of A-10 Aircraft

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:28pm

Senate to Vote on Future of A-10 Aircraft by Travis J. Tritten, Stars & Stripes

A Senate vote Tuesday could be key for the future of the A-10 Thunderbolt, which the Air Force wants to retire over the objections of infantry troops and lawmakers.

An annual defense policy bill scheduled for a vote by Senate Republican leadership – and facing staunch Democratic opposition — would require the service to maintain 171 of the A-10s and bar it from spending any money on retirement efforts over the coming year.

The House passed the measure Thursday but Democrats rallied against it. Republicans were unable to get enough votes to protect the bill from a threatened White House veto…

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