Bill boosts Louisiana military bases, troops
Barksdale's B-52s would keep flying, Fort Polk's troops would earn raises and fighter jets in Belle Chasse would remain action ready in a bulked up defense budget bill passed by the House.
"This can put us back on the path to American military superiority," said 5th District U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, in an interview with USA Today Network. Abraham is Louisiana's only member of the House Armed Services Committee.
The bill, passed Friday, must still get the Senate's stamp and President Trump's signature before it becomes law. Abraham said Louisiana's federal military bases and troops would thrive under the bill, which he said would stave off any reductions or closures in the state. Fort Polk was most recently at risk in 2015. "We have to be on guard against any future troop or base reductions here or anywhere else with the threats facing our country," Abraham said.
"Some of the best men and women in uniform serve at Barksdale, Fort Polk and Belle Chasse (Naval Air Station)," he said. "In addition, the economic impact in Louisiana is immeasurable."