Image of a Gulfstream G550.

Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.

But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: 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.

We have deficit spending in Washington, and Congress has decided to spend it on this?  Someone needs to be eleted out of office.



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  1. Dianne Kemp says :

    Not no, but Hell no!! on Congress ordering Gulfstream jets for their use. What is wrong with this country and our Congress who is supposed to be working for us? They are putting themselves in the same category and “club” as the auto executives and I’m disgusted.

    I did not vote for President Obama but I am trying very hard to support him and I do hope he can do something about this.

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