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Trump Administration budget plan to retire military aircraft, those at Davis-Monthan AFB

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TUCSON - The Trump Administration's budget for the upcoming years includes proposed cuts to military aircraft, some of which are housed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

That's not sitting well with two members of Congress from Arizona.

The $4.8 trillion budget is being debated in the House right now and it includes a plan to retire dozens of A-10s, and that's something Senator Martha McSally said she won't allow.

When the White House unveiled its new budget Monday, it included a plan to retire 44 A-10 aircraft.

The A-10 has been based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for decades.

Arizona Senator Martha McSally became the first woman in the country to fly in combat and piloted the A-10.

In a statement to News 4 Tucson Wednesday, McSally said:

"This afternoon, I met with Air Force leaders to tell them point blank that I would not allow their plan to mothball 44 A-10s starting in October to happen. It was the honor of my life to command an A-10 squadron in combat and I know firsthand that the A-10 provides one-of-a-kind close air support that saves lives. I fought and won to keep the A-10 from being mothballed when I first came to Congress and because of my efforts working with Senator McCain and others, the A-10 will now fly into at least the 2030s."

Arizona Senator Martha McSally

Tucson Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick is also working to make sure the cuts don't happen.

Kirkpatrick said the following:

"I am actively engaging with the Air Force to ensure that there is no negative impact to our squadrons at DM. To show my continued commitment to protecting the A-10, I am introducing a House Resolution demonstrating Congress's support for the aircraft and recognizing it as a critical component of America's national security and the most effective and cost-efficient Close Air Support attack aircraft currently in the DOD's inventory."

Tucson Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick

The proposed budget is widely expected to be rejected by Congress.

Eric Fink

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