The back and forth between the Air Force and Congress over the A-10 continues, with the House Armed Services Committee's most recent draft of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the defense priorities for the coming fiscal year.
The NDAA draft calls for fully funding the aircraft, and reducing the number of aircraft that the Air Force can keep on backup status from 36 to 18. House Representative Rep. Martha McSally, (R-AZ), also plans to introduce an amendment into the bill to block the Air Force from retiring the A-10. Rep. McSally's district includes Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which houses a large number of the attack aircraft.
The House Armed Services Committee is expected to vote on the budget bill Wednesday.