House Criticized for Private Jet Funding

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The House plan to buy a new fleet of private jets is drawing bipartisan criticism in the Senate.

The Wall Street Journal reports many senators are balking at the hefty $550 million dollar price tag for eight new planes.

"The whole thing kind of makes me sick to my stomach," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said during an interview Sunday.

"It is evidence that some of the cynicism about Washington is well placed -- that people get out of touch and they spend money like it's Monopoly money," she added.

"The funding for new planes is a classic example of Congress being out of touch with the realities of deficit spending," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

But the lawmakers who do support funding for the planes said it would save the government money in the long run, because new planes are less expensive to run than older planes.

The legislation moves to the Senate in September.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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