- Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:56
- Written by Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - Today, before the House Committee on Rules, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) is introducing an amendment to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment would require the Secretary of Defense to conduct a comparative financial analysis, including expected cost savings, of West Coast homebasing options for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35).
Currently, Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro and Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore are being considered.
“At a time when difficult budget decisions are being made, it is incumbent upon Congress to do its due diligence and ensure that a fiscally responsible homebase is chosen for the Joint Strike Fighter,” said Congressman Vargas. “Conducting a comprehensive financial analysis on NAF El Centro and NAS Lemoore is imperative to truly understanding the long-term fiscal advantages between the two proposed options.”
Additionally, the amendment introduced by Congressman Vargas would prohibit the implementation of a homebasing final decision until the required financial analysis has been completed and submitted to the congressional defense committees.
“The final decision for homebasing the F-35 is important not only to our national security, but also to our local economies and surrounding communities,” said Vargas. “As such, Congress has the responsibility to spend tax-payer dollars wisely and look at the long-term cost saving opportunities when making homebasing decisions.”