Kansas Senator Calls for New Air Force Tanker

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, is speaking out against the White House's recent recommendation to delay the air force's aerial refueling replacement tanker fleet.

In a news release Thursday, Roberts said Congress had talked a lot about spending, taxes and debt for the next generation, but he says little attention has been paid to a decision he says would cripple the nation's defenses.

"This is the plane our airmen and women use to refuel every other aircraft in our services. Without it, our troops can't deploy overseas. It's called national security access denial," Roberts said. "(T)his should never even be considered. I can't think of anything more dangerous for our country. We've been going through this tanker business now for 7 years. For 7 years, we've failed to update the tanker for our troops."

Roberts acknowledges the Defense Department says the decision is not final yet. He says getting a new tanker should be the Air Force's number one priority.

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