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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Amendment Saves McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

September 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that his amendment to protect the KC-10 refueling tanker from early retirement has been included in the final House/Senate Conferenced version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

On April 30th Congressman MacArthur offered an amendment during the National Defense Authorization Act full committee House markup that would prevent the retirement of the KC-10 aircraft. The amendment passed through committee and later passed on the House floor.

During conference with the House and Senate, MacArthur worked hard behind the scenes to convince Conferees of the merits of the KC-10 tanker, and successfully secured language in the joint bill that prevents the retirement of the KC-10 until at least the end of the 2017 fiscal year.

"The KC-10 is critically important not only to our military's air mobility and readiness, but to the survival of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the tens of thousands of New Jersey residents employed there," MacArthur said. "It is imperative that we protect our most capable and reliable refeuler from an early and reckless retirement and ensure our nation’s ability to project power abroad.  I’m thrilled that our hard work to save the KC-10 and protect the future of the Joint Base has paid off.”