11.15.17

Senator David Perdue Leads Effort To Allow Joint-Use of Dobbins Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led the effort with the Georgia Congressional Delegation, including Senator Isakson and Congressman Loudermilk, and local leaders to allow for joint-use of the runway at Dobbins Air Force Base in the final version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. 

“The Dobbins runway has been a critical asset to Cobb County and the U.S. Air Force for years. However, an outdated law has prevented the base from being utilized to its fullest potential. Not only would these public-private partnerships help offset operating costs and create jobs at Dobbins, but they also would help create a stronger relationship with the surrounding community. Given my seat at the table for the annual defense bill this year, we were able to fight for priorities important to our national security and Georgia’s military community, including this welcome change at Dobbins.”

Background:

  • As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and NDAA conferee, Senator Perdue was an active participant in discussions around this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
  • The Dobbins joint-use amendment was included in the version of the bill passed on the Senate floor in September.
  • Senator Perdue worked within his role on the Armed Services Committee to ensure the amendment was included in the final version of the defense bill, including leading a Georgia delegation letter to NDAA conferees.
  • The Senate is tentatively scheduled to pass the final defense bill after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.