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May 3, 2013

Military spending is pork barrel problem


We’ve seen this before.

In 2010, more than 200 members of Congress (about half Democrats and half Republicans) approved a $485 million appropriation for so called “backup” jet engine program against the wishes of the Defense Department.

Members of Congress argued then that the backup program was needed in case the initial contractor somehow failed in its duties to deliver jet engines.

Fortunately, a 2011 vote in the House stripped the spending on the backup jet engine program from the House. The ultimate compromise bill, however, left open the option for funding.

Cutting spending shouldn’t be this difficult for a Congress where some members shout fiscal restraint from every street corner.

Congress would do well again to strip this unnecessary spending from the military budget at the request of military leaders.

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