House Democratic leaders back-off on plans to buy extra executive jets

August 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — House Democratic leaders late Monday made a hasty retreat and dropped plans to spend $550 million on Air Force passenger planes for use by senior government officials. The request for adding $330 million to the Air Force’s 2010 budget to buy the jets came even though the Pentagon didn’t request the money, and had drawn strong public criticism. After all Congress didn’t take to kindly a few months back to auto executives who flew in with their hands-out looking for government assistance on corporate jets, but they thought it was going to be okay to spend extra money for more luxury jets of their own? But now, The House will back-off purchasing eight executive jets, and now seek “only” $220 million to purchase one Gulfstream plane and three Boeing Co. aircraft, which was the original request by Department of Defense officials seeking to replace aging aircraft.  “If the Department of Defense does not want these aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill,” said Rep. John Murtha, whose panel added the additional upgraded planes.

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