Ayotte Stalls Nod On Air Force Nominee Over A-10 Threat

Law360, Washington (September 26, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT) -- Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has put a hold on the confirmation of Deborah Lee James as Air Force secretary until the U.S. Air Force answers her questions about potential sequester-driven retirement of its A-10 Thunderbolt jet fleet, according to a Thursday news report.

Ayotte seeks to ensure that the Air Force does not end the use of the A-10 — commonly known as the “Warthog” and used to provide close-air support for forces on the ground — as a consequence of budget cuts, following officials' recent...
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