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By John T. Bennett, Staff writer
WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee’s top Republican on Thursday slammed the Air Force’s 2015 spending plan, saying it “increases risk to unacceptable levels.”
SASC Ranking Member Rep. James Inhofe, R-Okla., came out hard against the cuts to the service’s proposed spending plan, contending it “degrades” force readiness “while the threats to our national security are growing.”
Inhofe credited Air Force brass for protecting funding for aircraft fleets key to its future plans: a new long-range bomber, the KC-45 tanker and its version of the F-35 fighter.