Senators sparred during floor debate on the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill Tuesday over whether to scrap $2.5 billion added by appropriators to the measure to buy 10 C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes the Obama administration says it doesn't want. Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced an amendment to the $636.3 billion bill that would eliminate the add-on for the Boeing Co.-produced plane and redirect the money to the military's operations and maintenance accounts, from which appropriators trimmed $3 billion to pay for other priorities. The relentless opponent of pork-barrel spending argued the funding cut from O&M accounts represents "critical sustainment money" for a military whose readiness rates have fallen to "truly worrisome levels." Senators clash over C-17 funding (9/30/09) -- GovExec.com Senate appropriators on April 4 went a step further than their House counterparts to protect the C-17 aircraft, recommending $227.5 million toward advance procurement for more of the heavy lifters in fiscal 2008. The move - part of the Senate Appropriations Committee's version of the latest Bush administration request for supplemental funding for Iraq, Afghanistan and several other efforts such as Gulf Coast hurricane recovery - follows the full House's move last month to appropriate just $100 million for the C-17 (DAILY, March 22). Senate Appropriators Boost Funding For C-17, Osprey On GlobalSpec Sep. 27--Congress appears headed for a showdown with the White House over Boeing's C-17 program, with the Senate set to approve funding Tuesday for 10 more planes despite objections from top administration officials. The vote to include $2.5 billion to keep the Long Beach plant open through Boeing C-17 jobs in balance as Congress considers funding: Senate is poised to OK funds for more 10 more C-17 planes, but veto threat looms | North America > United States from AllBusiness.com Senate defense appropriators agreed with most of the White Houses plans to curtail wasteful or unnecessary weapons programs except for $2.5 billion targeted for a transport jet the Pentagon says it doesnt want. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense put the money in the Pentagons 2010 budget to buy 10 more Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs. While the White House clearly said it didnt want any more of the big transport jets, its not one of the issues that President Barack Obama has threatened a veto over. The panel largely went along with the White Houses recommendations on other hot-button weapons programs, ending both a Lockheed Martin Corp.-led effort to replace the White Houses own fleet of helicopters and production of the F-22 Raptor fighter, and it didnt provide any money for an alternate engine design for the Pentagons newest fighter, the F-35 Lightning II. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, whose state includes Boeings C-17 plant and its thousands of workers, publicly thanked Sen. Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat who chairs the subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding will keep this line alive, Feinstein said Boeing Jets Get Funding Even If Pentagon Doesn’t Want Them - Washington Wire - WSJ The Pentagon not only left new C-17 transport planes out of its budget request this year, it set aside half a billion dollars to halt the planes' production. Officially, the Air Force took the same view, swearing off any more C-17s, which cost $250 million apiece. Pentagon Submits Budget, And Services Ask for More - washingtonpost.com The C-17 for any of you who do not know what it is, is a Military airlifter with multi-mission capability. However, all these articles point to a problem that has not only been going on with DoD for years but also with the Govt. in General. Here you have the US Air Force officially saying they need no more C-17's and the President as well, then behind the scenes you have the Air Force and congress approving additional millions for aircraft that will keep people employed. Then you have the President telling the American people that the F-22 needs to be cancelled to save money even though the 50 plus thousand people employed in it's production seemed not to be an issue to the same people it's an issue with on the C-17. So you actually trust this Govt. to reform healthcare when then cannot even manage a defense program or get the Air Force a Tanker in the last 20 years?