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Cash for Clunkers: Congressional Edition

John on August 6, 2009 at 12:39 am

From Roll Call:

At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.

The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.

But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials.

Because the Appropriations Committee viewed the additional aircraft as an expansion of an existing Defense Department program, it did not treat the money for two more planes as an earmark, and the legislation does not disclose which Member had requested the additional money.

On the plus side, the unnamed individual who insisted Congress buy a fleet of private jets during a recession did also turn in this car and save $3500 off the $200 million price. So that’s something…


And with unemployment nationwide nearing 10%, everyone is making sacrifices:

The version Gulfstream sells to the military is reconfigured for the government with modest accommodations, not the luxury version sold to private customers, said a source familiar with the planes.

See that! Don’t get crazy right-wingers. She They bought base model Gulfstreams, the ones with cloth seats and steel rims and only a single-disc sound system (per plane).

[HT: The Corner]

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