BY WAYNE CRENSHAW, The Telegraph

wcrenshaw@macon.com

WARNER ROBINS, GA

An agreement between members of the U.S. House and Senate kills plans to buy new aircraft for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System at Robins Air Force Base.

The agreement released Monday came from a committee of House and Senate representatives to reconcile differences between each body’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets defense policy for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The House version called for buying new planes while the Senate version did not.

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, a Republican whose district includes Robins, blamed U.S. Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican from Houston County. Scott, a longtime vocal advocate for J-STARS recapitalization, said Perdue withdrew his support for new planes.

Scott and Perdue both served on the committee that reached the agreement.

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