Sen. Jim Inhofe Warns Defense Bill Could Threaten Work at Military Depots

December 16, 2011

Sen. Jim Inhofe warned Thursday that the sensitive balance between military and private contractor work could be disrupted at repair depots, such as the one at Tinker Air Force Base, because of last-minute changes to the 2012 defense bill.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and several of his colleagues took to the Senate floor on Thursday to complain that the bill had been changed by the U.S. House without notice to the senators who were involved in writing the legislation.

Inhofe said the changes go to the heart of a federal law aimed at preserving a certain amount of maintenance work at military depots like the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. He said his concerns extended to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

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