August 10th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Should House cancel $550 million order for new jets?

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(CNN) - In an update to a story we brought you last week in the Cafferty File:

A group of Republican and Democratic senators is now saying “not so fast” to the House’s plans to spend more than a half a billion dollars on new jets.

The Wall Street Journal reports that these senators — along with the Pentagon — are critical of the $550 million plan to buy 8 new Gulfstream and Boeing planes for government officials and VIP’s to fly around in.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says, “The whole thing kind of makes me sick to my stomach” adding that the move paints members of Congress as “out of touch”, spending money like it’s Monopoly money. Several senators are planning to oppose the purchase when they take up the bill in the fall.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    No. They should continue to spend since President Obama said we would "spend our way out of this recession". This is just another step of the government to do what the president is leading them to do.

    August 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Allen, Cypress, Texas

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. TCM

    Absolutely; Pelosi, Obama, Reid, Dodd...et al, feel as if they're royalty...they're incompetent boobs that should be riding scooters with dunce caps on...not new jets. They are spending OUR money like it's going out of style; and the really sad part is they have such support by an ignorant, ill-informed group of fringe radicals. Pelosi's move to buy these jets is simply UnAMERICAN

    August 10, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. David from Southern Illinois

    Yes, Congress needs to show some constraint in these difficult times.

    August 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. steve in california

    While I understand the importance to have our congressional leader be transported in a quickly and safe. It may not be the proper time to be spending 1/2 billion dollars on a small fleet of luxury corporate jets.
    I do have a question, who posted the fighter jet image?

    August 10, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Gary

    The Air Force has a small fleet of VIP aircraft already, along with the Army and Marine Corps! Buying more aircraft like this would be a waste of money when a selection of fixed wing and helicopter aircraft are sitting on the tarmac at Andrews AFB, Quantico MCB, and Davison Army Air field at Fort Belvoir, VA.

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Boob McNutt

    Gee, since like most Americans I am an expert on avionics and munitions, let me just give you my reasoned answer: dunno. Ask someone who knows.

    August 10, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Out of touch? You think? 62% of the population wants a public option but somehow that is questionable. Our congress is owned by corporations.

    August 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. DLHanna

    I'll give you 2 options:
    You can either share the private jet of a colleague, or fly commercial. Take your pick!

    August 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Vicky from Milwaukee

    Yes cancel the jets. Someday maybe the powers that be will realize that their greed and sense of entitlement is what is killing this country. Our congressional leaders don't seem to be anymore in touch then those creeps on Wall Street.

    August 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. notfooledtx

    Send them down the same road as the F22's – we don't need them. A lot of money could be saved.

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Lisa, Saugus MA

    Jack:

    I agree with Senator McCaskill wholeheartedly. What was the House of Representatives thinking?

    This whole thing just shows why Nancy Pelosi needs to step aside and let someone who is in touch with reality at the helm.

    August 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. seebofubar

    Should this even be a question? Isn't Pelosi's job to make sure things like this don't happen? Or does her husband have a stake in Gulfstream too?

    August 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. NewsMcTado

    Yes, they should cancel the jet order for two reasons. One, Congress needs to lead by example. Meaning if they are going to ask others to tighten their belts and look for ways to save, conserve, reduce consumption, they should take the first step. Second, while I agree with health care reform, the stimulus and the necessity of spending into deficit during our current crisis, that does not mean that we shouldn't be looking at all ways to reduce the overhead of government. Fly commercial. If commercial is not available, fly military transport, if military transport is not available, fly military charter. There is no need for private luxery Gulfstreams. And no, I am not worried about the beleagured sales of luxery jets in our current economic crisis; they do not get a bailout.

    August 10, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. RicK

    Don't take it up! Kill it! Take coach like the rest of us. ARE YOU NOT ELECTED to do the people"s business?

    YOU are NOT exempt. YOU are NOT elite. IF I could I would put you all in domatories, 4 to a cube, with NO outside contact, UNTIL the PEOPLES business was concluded.

    DO NOT COMPLAIN against PORK from either side. IT's time to instate term limits. CONGRESS cannot get out of it's own way without demeaning the other party. WHO NEEDS IT?

    A THIRD OR FOURTH PARTY IS DESPERATELY NEEDED TO bring you snobs back to earth.......................

    August 10, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. AXH

    Absolutely, these elected officials have long forgotten they work for the American people.

    Why can't the travel like the rest of us??

    Who are they that they are that special to merit private planes. This is outrageous in the day's ever rising deficits.

    Cancel that order!!

    August 10, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Is this Bizzaro World?

    Of course they should cancel the order. They are clueless.

    August 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. conservative

    Heck no! They are the elite ,the chosen ones ! They deserve our money to rule and fly like gods! After all ,the public trough never runs empty!

    August 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. John

    No Jack they shouldn't.

    August 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Mike in Gastonia

    Jack,

    Let's offer them a deal....

    If the would-be highflying legislators can give us a credible explanation of what happened to all the bailout money, then they can have the planes.

    August 10, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    Yes they should. They need to reduce the number to the one that they had originally planned on buying.

    FYI: Majority of Democrats AND Republicans House members voted FOR the jets. So shove your "democrats made this happen" up your dark hole. I do agree that they need to cancel the two extra jets though.

    August 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Phil

    What Congress needs to do is realize they are making a mistake by cancelling more of the F-22's. .

    August 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. give this administration a chance

    Yes

    August 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Alicia

    Considering they have to struggle about spending money on the Clunkers for Cash or making sure 45 million Americans do not have health care. Well after all, they have nice cars and health insurance we all pay for. So why not?!

    Slow news day?

    August 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |