A congressional staffer defends the decision, saying the new planes were needed to replace older ones, but in light of the rising budget deficit, watch-dog group The National Taxpayers Union calls the move "ridiculous."
Congress purchases jets for own use
August 6, 2009 However, word has come out that the House has authorized the purchase of three executive jets for their own use for $200 million. The three Gulfstream 500 luxury jets will be assigned to the Air Force and used, in part, to transport members of Congress.
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