Immediate action needed: De-funding of CAP may be imminent
Information from: Axel Kreimeier, Administrative Assistant to Chief Operating Officer, CAP
Civil Air Patrol has just learned that Senator John McCain, R-AZ, plans to introduce an amendment today (Thursday, March 14th) which would dramatically reduce funding for CAP missions and programs for FY13.
This amendment would reduce CAP operations and maintenance funding now in HR 933, the new funding bill for defense, from $28.4 million to $23.9 million as well as reduce aircraft procurement from $9.3 million to $2.5 million.
The impact on CAP and its operations would be very damaging and, if coupled with a sequestration cut, could be devastating to CAP’s future.
Please contact the offices of their two Senators to ask them to vote against the amendment. The amendment (which is numbered 50) would be made to HR 933, the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
The vote could take place as early as mid-day to mid-afternoon so quick action is required by all who read this email in time.
The possible impact is very bad—CAP will likely run out of maintenance funds before the end of the year as well as have to reduce its aircraft fleet by 75 aircraft and significantly reduce national headquarters staff. In addition, there would be a 21% reduction in overall support for Air Force missions compared to FY12 and a 52% decrease in homeland security and air defense training as well as other negative impacts. If a sequestration cut is added on top of this reduction in funding the impact on CAP could be devastating.