911th Airlift Wing reschedules training weekend because of budget uncertainties
Budget uncertainties caused the Air Force Reserve's 911th Airlift Wing in Moon to reschedule a training weekend, but it hasn't canceled the training, a spokesman said Monday.
Congress has not passed a defense budget for the year, so the Defense Department and individual bases are taking steps to make sure they can cover necessary operations, Capt. Shawn Walleck said.
“The goal was to be fiscally prudent,” he said.
Congress passed a continuing resolution, which expires March 27, that funds the Defense Department at 2012 levels. The proposed budget contains several increases.
The Pentagon on Jan. 10 put out a memo directing defense agencies to plan for budget problems, according to the Armed Forces Press Service. The memo told commands to consider freezing civilian hiring, cutting temporary employees, curtailing travel, training and conferences and otherwise reducing operating expenses.
The 911th reviewed its financial obligations through March and started trimming items, Walleck said. The unit rescheduled the training to June with the hope that Congress will pass the budget by then.
Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, said it would be a mistake to focus only on the military when the budget impasse effectively paralyzes the entire government and much of the country's economy. Private businesses will have trouble planning until Congress makes clear what taxes they'll pay, he said.
“What we need is to provide everybody with some degree of certainty,” Doyle said.
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Bakery Square town houses plans to go to Pittsburgh city planners
- Four questioned in Glen Hazel shooting of teen
- Leadership rises as issue for Pa. voters in new poll
- Citation of police observer called ‘abuse of power’ by Pittsburgh police
- 3 Brentwood council members submit resignation letters
- Newsmaker: Jay Carson
- Fix for issues vowed at Pittsburgh VA
- Pittsburgh is planning to add network of bike lanes through Oakland
- VA says huge contracts in Pittsburgh weren’t monitored
- Offer for Pitt Building in downtown Pittsburgh includes apartment plans
- Pittsburgh region enjoys healthy dose of ‘brain gain’