In a surprising move, House defense appropriators plan to significantly slash funding for the Joint Cargo Aircraft, a program shared by the Army and the Air Force.
Defense appropriators are planning to stop procurement to the Air Force portion of the program, according to documents received by The Hill.
And the Army’s part is not escaping unscathed.
Out of funding for seven aircraft listed in the president’s 2009 budget request, the defense subcommittee so far has appropriated funding for only four.
The House panel’s decision is likely to face an uproar along with a flurry of lobbying from delegations and governors across the country because both the Army and Air National Guard would fly the aircraft.
The decision could also hurt Air Force flying units that were cut as part of the 2005 base realignment and closure round, unless those units receive other aircraft such as the C-130J.
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