U.S. House committees move to save Boeing work in Oklahoma City

Two U.S. House committees have taken actions this week to protect an aircraft modernization program led by Boeing workers scheduled to move to Oklahoma City.
by Chris Casteel Published: May 11, 2012

Two U.S. House committees have drafted legislation that would spare, at least temporarily, an aircraft modernization project led by Boeing workers that is scheduled to move to Oklahoma City.

The annual defense bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday would prevent the Air Force from ending the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program until six months after the completion of a study on the potential costs and benefits.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, added an amendment that would allocate $20 million on the C-130 program in the next fiscal year.

“By requiring a cost-benefit analysis, this legislation ensures that decisions about the future of the program will be made responsibly, with the input of Congress in conjunction with military leaders,” Cole said. “The AMP program impacts jobs in Oklahoma and is vital to ensure greater reliability, simplified fleetwide training and a reduced crew size for our military. I will continue working with our military leaders to protect this key defense capability.”

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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