Congressman Steven Palazzo had the honor of showing the U.S. House Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy, around Keesler Air Force Base Tuesday. Congressman Palazzo invited McCarthy down to the Coast to try and gain support for Keesler from influential members of Congress. Palazzo is trying to prevent a proposition in Congress from passing that will send ten of Keesler's C-130J planes to a new base in Little Rock, Arkansas thanks to military budget cuts. Both Palazzo and McCarthy agree that the planes are much better off staying in Mississippi.
McCarthy says, "Where is the best use for it? I look right here with the facilities. I look right here with the men and women who work on it, the records that they have set. I think the best place is to keep it right here. I see capabilities of expanding here is what I see from walking in the base." Congress has until the end of fiscal year 2014 to decide the final destination of the planes.