Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Veteran's Organization Urges Rep. Murtha To Support Cancellation of Alternate Engine

Citing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s admonition that “one dollar of pork in our budget is a dollar I can’t spend to support these Marines,” AMVETS National Legislative Director Raymond Kelley has written to House Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha urging him to support President Obama’s decision to cancel the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Kelley notes that “the current engine is capably powering the Joint Strike Fighter through its testing phases with proven technology. The bottom line is that funding an alternate engine will continue to cost American taxpayers billions of dollars, while simultaneously contributing to the growing fighter gap our military faces.”

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