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Rep. John Carney, D-Del., is spending the congressional recess pushing his plan to allow the Air Force to target certain upgrades to the C-130H to keep the aircraft flying. He was in New Castle, Del., Monday to discuss the issue with National Guard leadership in his home state where the 166th Airlift Wing flies the venerable aircraft.

The lawmaker introduced legislation in July that would allow the Air Force to spend $2.5 million per aircraft to upgrade the navigation systems and meet changing international regulations that go into effect in 2020. Without the upgrades, the aircraft will be grounded. The bill went nowhere, however.

Read more: Lawmaker Seeks Support for C-130 Bill

When the armed service committees of the House and Senate meet to hammer out a National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, NGAUS is asking them to consider several Senate amendments that could be introduced and bring the Senate version in line with the House version of the bill. NGAUS has made its wishes known on Capitol Hill. Among them are:

- Allowing the chief of the National Guard Bureau to recommend the directors and deputy directors of the Army and Air National Guard. This Senate amendment would be in line with the House version of the bill;

- Finding a sustainable funding solution to keep National Guard counterdrug training centers open;

Read more: NGAUS Backs Defense Bill Amendments

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