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United States Senate: Civil Air Patrol Saves Lives. Don't Let McCain Kill It!


The Civil Air Patrol is a very cost-effective program that produces tangible results and saves lives in the process… but Senator John McCain (R-AZ) wants to take that away!

Letter to
United States Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
Civil Air Patrol Saves Lives. Don't Let McCain Kill It!

Senator John McCain has introduced an amendment to H.R. 933 that, if approved, will dramatically reduce funding for CAP missions and programs for FY13.

The McCain amendment would reduce operating funding from $28.4 million to $23.9 million as well as reduce aircraft procurement from $9.3 million to $2.5 million.

McCain's proposed funding cuts of CAP's budget will have far-reaching effects for state and local communities in all three of CAP's mission

-- a 21 percent reduction in overall support for Air Force missions compared to FY12 and a 52 percent decrease in homeland security and air defense training

-- fewer aircraft in local communities, causing longer response times for search and rescue and disaster relief missions and less training opportunities for our members.

-- reduced cadet and teacher orientation flights, plus fewer curriculum and key educational material updates for cadet and aerospace education programs.

This amendment could be brought to the Senate Floor as early as this Monday, March 18. so TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressionally chartered, federally supported nonprofit corporation that is the auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for youth 12-20 years old. CAP also performs missions for various government and private agencies. Examples of the Civil Air Patrol's recent achievements include:

--flying blood and medical supplies after major national disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and many others.

-- providing airborne and ground-based support after devastating winter storms, spring floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes and tsunamis.

-- flying thousands of hours providing digital imagery, at a fraction of the cost of a military or civilian response, to help emergency managers effectively respond to these disasters. The low aircraft rates and unpaid volunteer hours saved the federal government over $153 million in 2011.

-- implemented innovative programs to deploy aircraft and equipment at almost one fifth the commercial cost to the government.

Civil Air Patrol is a very cost-effective program that produces tangible results and saves lives in the process.

If you care about saving lives as well as saving desperately needed federal funds, I urge you to sign this petition. Please share this with your friends via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Together, we can save CAP! Together, we can save lives!

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