Congress buys 8 new jets 550 million dollars

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  1. texas1willy2

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    Has there ever been a more arrogant group of people?
    I'm convinced they are trying to wreck this economy.


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    WASHINGTON -- Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight new jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal officials at a time when lawmakers have criticized the use of corporate jets by companies receiving taxpayer funds.

    The purchases will help accommodate growing travel demand by congressional officials. The new planes augment a fleet of about two dozen passenger jets maintained by the Air Force for lawmakers, administration officials and military chiefs to fly on government trips in the U.S. and abroad.

    The congressional shopping list goes beyond what the Air Force had initially requested as part of its annual appropriations. The Pentagon sought to buy one Gulfstream V and one business-class equivalent of a Boeing 737 to replace aging planes. The Defense Department also asked to buy two additional 737s that were being leased.


    Lawmakers in the House last week added funds to buy a total of three Gulfstream planes and two additional 737s on top of the Pentagon's request. The purchases must still be approved by the Senate. The Air Force version of the Gulfstream V each costs $66 million, according to the Department of Defense, and the 737s cost about $70 million.


    Congress Gets an Upgrade - WSJ.com
     


  2. DCortez

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    I thought Uncle Sam already had a nice fleet. Not nice enough?
     
  3. pheet17

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    Does this really suprise anyone? :icon_popcorn:
     
  4. texas1willy2

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    They're acting like crack-heads with a stolen credit card. I seriously don't understand these people?
     
  5. Bigs Wife

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    thats because they ARE crack-heads with a stolen credit card.
     
  6. Burt Gummer

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    That is the BEST way I have heard this government described.
    Thanks!:happy0001:
     

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