WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association issued the following statement regarding the House Armed Services Committee’s passage of the Defense Authorization bill:

“The nation’s governors are encouraged by the House Armed Services Committee’s work to protect the Air National Guard from disproportionate and damaging reductions.  Governors are particularly appreciative of an amendment offered by California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack that will preserve Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve aircraft and personnel at fiscal year 2012 levels for fiscal year 2013. 

“This amendment provides a path to meet fiscal responsibilities while protecting the aircraft and personnel necessary to fulfill the Guard’s critical mission at home and abroad. 

“This pause gives governors and the Department of Defense the opportunity to put a process in place for 2014 that recognizes the cost-effectiveness and value of the Guard.”