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Rohrabacher Scores A Big One For District

May 21, 2008

Washington, May 21, 2008 - Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-CA ) $3.9 billion spending request for procurement of fifteen additional Boeing C-17 cargo aircraft has moved one step closer to final passage. The spending request has made it out of the House Armed Services Committee and will be included in H.R. 5658, the 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act, scheduled for debate today and final passage tomorrow. If passed, the spending request would represent the largest single earmark included in the bill. In the spirit of full disclosure and consistent with the GOP’s earmark reform requirements a description of the spending request has been submitted for the Congressional Record.

“I have no trouble justifying my full support of this project which is so important to the national security of our country,” said Rohrabacher. “The C-17 is one of the best investments we can make with our limited tax dollars.”

The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and diverse types of cargo to main military bases or directly to bases in a deployment area. It is also capable of performing tactical airlifts, medical evacuation and air drop missions. Domestically, the C-17 was used to unload supplies to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Production of the C-17 is said to indirectly create over 10,000 jobs statewide in California, including 5,500 job at the Long Beach facility.