August 6th, 2009
03:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Cafferty: Congress ordering new jets for itself during recession?

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As the country struggles with the worst recession since the Great Depression and millions of Americans look for work - Congress is getting ready to spend some big bucks on private jets for itself.

The House has approved almost $200 million to buy three brand new Gulfstream jets - two of them meant for members of Congress and other top government officials. These jets can fly faster than 600-miles an hour; and can go non-stop from Washington to as far as China or Japan without refueling.

The Pentagon only requested one of these jets. But the House Appropriations Committee decided to add two additional planes - saying they should be assigned to the DC area.

Reports say the funding for these Gulfstream jets was pushed through by two members of the committee - both from Georgia, where they are made. One of these congressmen tells ABC News that buying the jets "supports local industry" and will mean jobs for his constituents.

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