Officials head to Fort Leonard Wood to oppose job cuts
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers and elected officials plan to oppose proposed cuts at Fort Leonard Wood during a listening session there.
U.S. military leaders are holding a public comment session Monday evening at the base to hear input on a plan that could cut up to 5,400 military and civilian positions there by 2020.
Missouri officials plan to express opposition to those job cuts, highlighting the economic importance of the facility to the surrounding communities.
The Missouri House and Senate are planning to end their sessions earlier than usual Monday so that lawmakers can attend the Fort Leonard Wood event.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Gov. Jay Nixon and Secretary of State Jason Kander will also be at the hearing at Nutter Fieldhouse on the base.