By Kristina Wong - 05/19/14 01:41 PM EDT
A congresswoman from North Carolina introduced a bipartisan amendment Monday that would preserve a 440th Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield.
The measure, introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) would amend the House's 2015 defense authorization bill, which will be debated by House lawmakers this week.
The proposal to close the 440th Airlift Wing, which flies the C-130, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, was included in the president's 2015 budget proposal.
The reserve unit supports worldwide missions and training missions for troops based at Fort Bragg.
Original co-sponsors include Reps. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and David Price (D-N.C.).