Senate approves $2.5B for possibly unnecessary military aircraft

10/1/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

U.S. senators voted 64-34 for the government to spend $2.5 billion on Boeing C-17 military cargo aircraft that President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said are unnecessary. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized the proposal, saying taxpayers' money would be spent on aircraft "that we don't need, the Pentagon doesn't want and that we can't afford." Two public-interest groups called the plan "the earmark that will not die."

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