Mar 20 2015

Tillis opposes the plan to close the airlift wing and he said he was “distressed” that the Air Force appears to be proceeding. Hagan opposed closure as well, along with other members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Tillis said in a statement Friday that he and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., had been trying to set up a meeting with James, the Air Force secretary. His statement said they planned a meeting in February, but it was canceled because of bad weather. A meeting also was canceled due to a change in the scheduling of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Air Force this month, where James was testifying.

“Since that time, Air Force schedulers have proffered prospective times for a new Washington meeting when both Senator Burr and I are in North Carolina,” Tillis said in his official statement, which his office sent out as a news release. “We stand ready to meet the secretary in the state if her schedule will not accommodate us in Washington.”

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