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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 06/24/2003 11:47 AM
URL(s): N/A Updated: 11/06/2003 10:03 PM
Warbird De-Mil Bill Quickly Derailed
AOPA, EAA, others help shoot down warbird destruction law
By Mike Whaley
Within a day of the first reports of the resurfacing of the Bush administrations's annual attempts to legislate the destruction of warbirds, vehicles, guns, manuals, and other irreplaceable historic military items, it has been learned that the attempt has been thwarted yet again. The de-mil language was introduced in Senate bill S.747, which was the Defense reauthorization bill for FY 2004. AOPA has announced that they and others have been able to work directly with members of Congress on the de-mil issue and have succeeded in having the de-mil language removed from the DoD reauthorization bills being worked on by both the Senate and House Armed Services committees, now known as S. 1050 in the Senate and H.R. 1588 in the House.

While there is no absolute guarantee that this won't resurface as a rider on some other amendment or that it will not be re-inserted into the DoD bill at the last minute, AOPA states "That means a demilitarization bill is not likely to resurface in this session of Congress."

The OBA and the entire Warbird community (and pretty much every reasonable, thinking person in the free world) strongly condemn these repeated attacks on the right and duty to properly preserve our country's military historical items for future generations. We heartily commend AOPA, EAA, and others who have worked to stop these attacks upon our country's history and heritage.

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