Maintaining a strong national defense - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Maintaining a strong national defense

Leaders deciding how our country can maintain a strong national defense despite sequestration spoke in Amarillo.

The defense budget has $50 billion less this year to protect everyone in the US. District 13 Congressman Mac Thornberry, also Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, says he supports bills that would not cut from national defense. He says, "Give more flexibility on how that lesser amount of money would be spent. And generally that has worked to help at least to not make the effects quite as traumatic."

The House recently passed a budget that would put the money taken out from the significant budget cuts back into defense. Congressman and Chair of House Armed Services Committee Howard Buck McKeon says, "Put much of the sequestration money back in for the next nine years going forward starting with this next fiscal year that we'll work on. If we're able to hold those savings from the defense, that will be very important."

Thornberry says, "That is critical of course for our safety, but also for our economy. Something like 90-95% of the goods that travel around the world, travel on the oceans. A strong Navy to make sure that those goods can travel." He says employees at Pantex and Bell Helicopter should be keeping their jobs. And furloughs are not in sight at Pantex for this fiscal year.

He adds the V-22 program is essential in fulfilling various missions. Thornberry says, "Folks in Amarillo have worked hard and worked efficiently to make sure it was on time, on budget, and being produced as the military asks. And that makes it a whole lot easier for me to defend in Washington."

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Building fire at Public Steel, no injuries reported

    Building fire at Public Steel, no injuries reported

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:43 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:43:35 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Amarillo police and the Amarillo Fire Department worked a building fire at Public Steel.

    Amarillo police and the Amarillo Fire Department worked a building fire at Public Steel.

  • Rankin Ranch Road Fire 100% contained

    Rankin Ranch Road Fire 100% contained

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:39 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:39:54 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    The Texas A&M Forest service spent the afternoon monitoring the Rankin Ranch Road Fire and now report it's 100 percent contained.

    The Texas A&M Forest service spent the afternoon monitoring the Rankin Ranch Road Fire and now report it's 100 percent contained.

  • Career fair brings opportunities for young job seekers

    Career fair brings opportunities for young job seekers

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:29 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:29:17 GMT
    Hundreds of job seekers came dressed for success in hopes of joining teams of local companies in the area. Multiple employment opportunities were available from all levels of employment, including full and part-time positions in technical, health care, management, customer service and many others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas unemployment rate is at 4.9 % and in Amarillo the percentage of unemployment is at 3.4 %.  Workforce solutions Panhandle said t...
    Hundreds of job seekers came dressed for success in hopes of joining teams of local companies in the area. Multiple employment opportunities were available from all levels of employment, including full and part-time positions in technical, health care, management, customer service and many others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas unemployment rate is at 4.9 % and in Amarillo the percentage of unemployment is at 3.4 %.  Workforce solutions Panhandle said t...
Powered by Frankly