WASHINGTON — Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight
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. (emphasis mine, but come on…)
The purchases will help accommodate growing travel demand by
congressional officials. The 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.
From the Wall Street Journal Article.
Good thing Cash for Clunkers is cleaning up our environment, so these jets will be IMPACT NEUTRAL, eh?