WASHINGTON — Laws sending new refueling tankers to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey’s second largest employer, was signed into regulation Monday by President Donald Trump.
The annual Nationwide Protection Authorization Act set Congress’ protection priorities for the 12 months starting Oct. 1 and included $716 billion in navy spending.
Trump signed the invoice in a hangar on the upstate New York navy base Fort Drum as a number of hundred troops regarded on.
“There is no higher place than proper right here at Fort Drum to rejoice its passage,” Trump mentioned. “After years of devastating cuts, we’re now rebuilding our navy like we by no means have earlier than.”
Joint Base will get new protections
Trump and Congress agreed to extend funding for each protection and home packages as they waived spending caps imposed by congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama in a 2011 price range invoice.
Lawmakers voting to impose the bounds on navy spending included then-Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., who as vice chairman launched Trump on Monday by proclaiming that “the times of arbitrary price range cuts to our nationwide protection are over.”
Fort Drum is the final remaining main navy facility in New York state. Two Air Power bases, Griffiss in Rome and Plattsburgh, have been closed by the 1993 Base Closure and Realignment Fee, which as a substitute really useful increasing McGuire AFB, now a part of the joint base. The top of the fee on the time was former Rep. Jim Courter, R-12th Dist.
The laws blocked a brand new spherical of base closings, which “protects the way forward for the joint base and our native economic system,” mentioned Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-Third Dist., whose district contains the ability.
The bottom employs 42,000 folks and not directly helps one other 100,000 jobs. Solely the state authorities has extra workers.
For the joint base, the opposite massive information was the tankers. The laws authorizes spending for 15 KC-46A planes to change the KC-10s now housed on the joint base. The Air Power introduced final 12 months that the joint base’s 305th Air Mobility Wing ultimately would get 24 of the brand new KC-46 tankers by 2021.
“These refueling tankers will deliver new jobs and progress to our state and make our base an indispensable start line for nationwide safety missions on the East Coast,” mentioned Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st Dist., a member of the Home Armed Companies Committee.
Obama used the joint base as a backdrop in December 2014 to mark the top of main fight operations in Afghanistan.
The laws was named for Senate Armed Companies Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., who has mind most cancers.