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Thune expresses deep concern over B-1 plan

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Senator John Thune expressed deep concern about the Air Force's decision to ground B-1B Lancer bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base for the remainder of the federal fiscal year due to the deep defense cuts in President Obama's sequester.  

"One of my greatest concerns with the president's sequester plan and its disproportionate cuts to the Department of Defense was the impact it would have on our military, which is why I have supported legislation in the Senate to replace the sequester with smarter cuts elsewhere in the budget," said Thune. "I have reached out to Air Force leadership requesting additional information on this unprecedented move and the impact it will have on our combat readiness. The B-1s and their crews stationed at Ellsworth have played a significant role in the nation's ability to project power and have provided vital support in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. The men and women at Ellsworth have proven themselves time and time again as the best we have to offer and we should be supporting them, not making it more difficult for them to do their jobs."

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