A C-130 sits inside a hangar at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment early Thursday morning which would restore critical funding for the Air National Guard.
According to Congresswoman Kathy Hochul's office, "the amendment broadens the prohibition on retiring aircraft to include any Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve aircraft, including C-130s, and restores all 5,100 Air National Guard positions."
The 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station was left without a mission by the initial Defense bill, but this amendement could save some jobs in the unit.
Congresswoman Hochul says, "Today's amendment is a positive step toward ensuring the strong viability of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. While this is an ongoing process, the bill passed tonight is a significant victory in our effort to protect both the planes and personnel of the 107th Airlift Wing."
But John Cooper of the Niagara Military Affairs Council says there is still plenty of uncertainty for future years as Congress debates the debt ceiling issue. There are reports of another potential $500 Billion in looming cuts to the Defense budget come January.