The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye may have been victimized in last year’s budget process. Whether the program was really in trouble was, at best, ambiguous. But Congress slashed the program’s budget by one-third anyway for both Fiscal 2009 and 2010. Those seemingly arbitrary cuts not only halted the program’s momentum, but also delayed the in-service date by at least a year and dramatically raised unit costs per aircraft.
That context helps explain a bizarre earmark request that appeared last week. Most earmarks seek to add something to the budget. But Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville, Florida-based congresswoman, submitted a request to support whatever amount is proposed by the president’s budget. The E-2D is made near Jacksonville. Brown’s message is clear: This time, don’t raid the E-2D budget to pay someone else’s bill.
Bizarre E-2D earmark request sends clear message
By Stephen Trimble on 15 April, 2009 in Uncategorised
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