Wisconsin State Senators endorse F-35 jets at Truax Field

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MADISON, Wis. (AP/WMTV) -- The state Senate has passed a resolution supporting new F-35 fighter jets at Madison's Truax Field.

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Republican lawmakers are trying to drum up support for a resolution supporting new F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field in Madison.

Truax is one of two leading locations under consideration for housing two squadrons of F-35s.

Republican legislators have crafted a resolution supporting F-35s in Madison. The Senate is set to vote on the resolution Tuesday with the Assembly following suit on Thursday.

The resolution's two chief sponsors, Rep. Tony Kurtz and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, appeared at a news conference Tuesday morning to tout the resolution.

"It's not about what's going on up in the sky when it comes to the F-35, its about what's going on on the ground, and it is lets maintain Truax, let's maintain the buildings, the units, the civilian personnel, everyone that's involved in Truax right now, and the way to do that is by making sure the F-35s are housed at Truax Field in Wisconsin," said Fitzgerald.

People living near Truax and democratic lawmakers have been pushing back against the proposed jets.

The noise impact is one of the reasons why Steve Klafka, Schenk--Atwood resident, is against the F-35's calling Madison home. He has lived in the neighborhood for 35 years and he said anything louder than the F-16's is too loud.

"Republican legislature has been very much pro-business and really hasn't been fulfilling their job of protecting the health and welfare of state residents," Klafka said.

An environmental impact statement said noise from the jets could render more than 1,000 homes incompatible for residential use. The FAA's designation of incompatibility defines whether FAA funding can be used to mitigate noise.

Kurtz said the new planes would work with the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee.

Both Fitzgerald and Kurtz wore fighter plane lapel pins to the news conference.