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House Grounds Fancy Plane Plan

Posted on Aug 10, 2009

No C-37 for you!: Two C-37s (like the craft pictured above) and two C-40 jets were initially penciled into the congressional budget.

During a time when the term government spending (not to mention recession) gets quite a few hackles up, House Democratic bigwigs’ choice to scrap plans to purchase four posh planes to shuttle congressional leaders around is clearly wise, although the Senate vote may still pose a problem.

AP via Google News:

Democrats have been criticized for adding $330 million to the Air Force’s 2010 budget to buy the jets even though the Pentagon didn’t request the money.

Two of the planes would be the C-37 — the military equivalent to the fancy Gulfstream 550 — and cost taxpayers $130 million at a time when lawmakers have made villains of bailed-out auto executives who rely on corporate jets to travel.

“If the Department of Defense does not want these aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill,” said Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who chairs the panel that approved the additional spending.

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By grumpynyker, August 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Make them sumbitches travel via Amtrak.  When they frustrated enough by the endless layovers, Congress will earmoney money to beef up the service/railroads.

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By skulz fontaine, August 11, 2009 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

The original “earmark” was for 3 Gulfstream 550’s and David Obey Appropriations honcho “approved” that earmark. Yup.

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By Fat Freddy, August 11, 2009 at 5:04 am Link to this comment

Let them have single-engine Cessnas to fly over The Hudson. That will create “term limits”. Or better yet, send them here:

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