ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Bill Enyart met with Scott Air Force Base leaders Monday morning to talk about long-term plans for the base.
Base Commander Col. David Almand, head of Air Mobility Command Gen. Paul Silva, and head of U.S. Transportation Command Gen. Bill Fraser briefed Durbin and Enyart on priorities, needs, and necessary support to maintain the base's health.
Durbin says he's visiting military bases in the U.S. and abroad to learn about firsthand challenges military members face. He says he wants to protect Scott's missions and make sure they have the resources and support they need.
Scott is facing a potential budget disaster if Congress can't reach a deal to avoid automatic cuts, set to take effect March 1. As it stands, the base would lose about ten percent of its funding.
The military base has already started to cut back on non-essential activities in preparation of sequestration.
Scott Air Force Base is the St. Louis area's third-largest employer, and the 4,500 civilian employees would be forced to take 22-day furloughs, and take a 20 percent pay cut. That would mean an estimated loss of around $28 million for the region.