Civil Air Patrol

CAP given short time to counter Amendment 50 to H.R. 933; the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Madison, Wis. – Civil Air Patrol members throughout the country are thankful for the extra time to contact their Senators urging them to vote no on an amendment that was introduced yesterday by Senator John McCain, R-AZ, which would dramatically reduce funding for CAP missions and programs for Fiscal Year 2013.

The amendment (which is numbered 50) would be made to H.R. 933, the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

This amendment would reduce CAP operations and maintenance funding now in H.R. 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 bill was recently passed in the House restoring full funding to CAP.

The impact on the organization and its operations would be very damaging and if coupled with a sequestration cut, could be devastating to CAP’s future.

The possible impact to the organization could likely mean that CAP would run out of maintenance funds before the end of the year as well as have to reduce its aircraft fleet by 75 aircraft as well as 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.

Civil Air Patrol performs 90% of all inland search and rescue missions in the country, saving an average of 80 lives a year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

It is the believed that McCain’s amendment will be considered, along with other amendments, sometime late afternoon or early evening on Monday, March 18 as the Senate resumes its session at 2:00 pm EST.  The vote, which was hoped to have come for a vote on the Senate floor yesterday, was delayed as Senators and committee members began discussions on the over 90 amendments attached to the bill.

Members of the organization, as well as the general public, are asked to contact their senators in Washington today and Monday morning, as well as local community leaders and state legislators.  Contact information for U.S. senators is available at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Please help CAP and share the following with your local representatives as well as your senators:

  • Encourage your U.S. senators to vote no on McCain Amendment No. 50 to H.R 933.
  • Remind them that without the McCain amendment, H.R. 933 provides full funding for CAP in FY13.
  • The McCain amendment would reduce Operations & Maintenance funding from $28.4 million to $23.9 million as well as reduce aircraft procurement from $9.3 million to $2.5 million.
  • Federal  funding cuts of CAP’s budget will have far-reaching effects for state and local communities in all three of CAP’s mission areas:
    • A 21 percent reduction in overall support for Air Force missions compared to FY12 and a 52 percent decrease in homeland security and air defense training.
    • Fewer aircraft in local communities, causing longer response times for search and rescue and disaster relief missions and less training opportunities for our members.
    • Reduced cadet and teacher orientation flights, plus fewer curriculum and key educational material updates for cadet and aerospace education programs.

The annual economic impact of CAP’s volunteer services is $155 million.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. For Wisconsin Wing information, please visit http://wicap.us.

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