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No President Needs 28 Helicopters

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Published on Oct 21, 2009

Congressman Duncan questions the need for 28 Presidential helicopters during a speech on the House floor on March 5, 2009.

Mr. Speaker, in today's Congressional Quarterly, it says the Presidential helicopter program is now $6.5 billion over budget. This is double the Pentagon's original estimate. Even President Obama said this was, "An example of the procurement process gone amok."

It seems that the Pentagon cannot complete any major program without huge cost overruns. Almost on every Federal program we are given low-ball estimates of the cost on the front end, and then costs just explode. This has nothing to do with the current President, but no President needs 28 helicopters.

The current estimate is that these helicopters will cost at least $13 billion. But the way the Pentagon is operating these days, these helicopters will end up costing several billion more unless the number is cut way back to something a little less ridiculous.

It makes you wonder, Mr. Speaker, if there are any fiscal conservatives in the Defense Department.

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