Senate Debates $550 Million for New Jets

The U.S. Senate is considering an appropriations bill that includes nearly $550 million for 8 news Gulf Stream and Boeing aircraft that would transport congressmen and other government officials when commercial air travel is not an option. However, opposition to the spending is mounting from both sides of aisle, the Wall Street Journal (subscription) first reported Monday.

This is a tricky economic and political decision for the Senate because while it might seem that paying $550 million on eight new aircraft is an extravagant expense in this time of economic turmoil, the money would be going to one of the nation's suffering industries.

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By Planet Data