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Published on Mar 20, 2012
Sen. Carl Levin chaired a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Air Force's proposed budget for 2013. At the hearing, Levin questioned Air Force officials about proposed cuts to the Air National Guard, which included mission changes for the Michigan Air National Guard.
Following is Sen. Levin's statement about the hearing:
"I have significant concerns about the way the Air Force's proposed cuts fall disproportionately on the National Guard, and I question the logic that the Air Force used in crafting their proposal. As today's hearing showed, those concerns are shared by a number of members of the Armed Services Committee.
"Today's hearing represented important progress. Air Force officials acknowledged that they are discussing their proposed changes with state governors. Those discussions will hopefully lead to modifications in their plan. They promised to brief the committee on those discussions and to provide more detailed justifications for their proposals. And they promised not to take any steps toward implementing these changes until the congressional defense committees consider them."