WASHINGTON – A new $ 1 trillion COVID-19 response package is believed by Senate Republicans to give the government more weapons to fight the coronavirus virus epidemic. But GOP is more than just “invisible enemy” in the minds of MPs.
The Republican measure includes F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington’s powerful defense lobby. In total, the proposal contains $ 8 billion in Pentagon weapon systems built by defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics – the corporate titans that sit atop the Washington impact industry.
Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, R-Ala. The bill, drafted by the government, would deposit $ 2.2 billion in the Pentagon’s shipbuilding accounts, boost missile defense systems in California and Alaska, and distribute approximately $ 1.4 billion to C-130 transport aircraft and F-35 fighters. Some of the F-35s manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp may be delivered to an Air National Guard unit in Montgomery, Alabama.
In many cases, Shelby has proposed reinstating cuts imposed by the administration that diverted nearly $ 4 billion to help pay for the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Pentagon achieved significant defense growth last year with the passage of a budget agreement that led to automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.
The $ 8 billion arms procurement package, the GOP’s $ 1 trillion coronavirus response measure, is a $ 29.4 billion defense part of the White House-backed package released on Monday. Providing that money will now help create headroom in the annual Defense Fund bill, which Congress plans to write later this year.
The approach to Shelby’s proposed defense projects may be retarded. Democrats slammed the add-on, and Kentucky’s Republican Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the final package should not deviate from the coronovirus response.
The weapons provoked Democrats in the market whose votes would have to pass after a wide division inside the Senate GOP convention to measure their votes. They are pushing items such as food aid and funding for mail-in voting.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mise., Said, “We are not going to support anything that does not acknowledge the incredible difficulty people get when they eat.”
“Have you seen which state it goes to? Main. Arizona. Kentucky – We have a list, “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.,” naming states where Republicans are defending seats in fall elections.
The administration never officially asked for defense funding. Instead he made an informal request to powerful MPs like Shelby who sit atop the Defense Fund panel, the assistant says. Even those unofficial requests left $ 8 billion for items such as planes, ships, and missile defense systems, although the White House grew to embrace some items.
The weapons package increased $ 1.1 billion to build a Boeing Poseidon surveillance jet built in Kansas, Washington, $ 283 million more for the company’s Army Apache helicopters built in Mesa, Arizona.
Endangered GOP Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona is pushing for a $ 650 million project to replace the wings of the A-10 Thunderbolt ground support aircraft, many of which are based at Davis-Monthon Air Force Base in Tucson. According to an analysis of Democratic employees requiring anonymity to share internal working documents, the Navy is $ 49 million for Sonobuoy, who can hear and locate submarines that are likely to be manufactured in Florida.
“Defense industrial base – a lot of it has been eroded. A lot of people are away from work, “Shelby said. We’ve included a lot of suppliers.” A Shelby spokesman said the nation’s defense industrial base was “essential to our economy and to our nation’s defense” and said the bill would support millions of jobs.
But further justification for the heavy arms procurement package – an “unfit priority” drawn in part from a Pentagon official wishlist of items worth $ 740 billion or so excluded from the defense budget – has been lacking. Measures say in many cases no. The money is about to purchase additional aircraft and other weapons or to provide additional funds for existing contracts.
The Shelby measure would restore defense dollars diverted for the work of the Border Wall, such as $ 260 million for a high-speed naval transport ship to be built by Austal Limited in Mobile, Alabama. Austell Shipyard is also the “most likely contractor for four early medical vessels.”
Aniston, Alabama, is also a beneficiary with $ 375 million in Lima, Ohio for the upgrade of the Striker Army Combat Campaign. Shipyards in Mississippi and Maine will benefit $ 250 million to build industrial bases.
“They made the appropriations of the bill to weapon systems and a new federal building to block the president’s hotel,” said House Appointments Committee Chairperson Nita Lowe, DNY. Ships do not feed hungry children. “
The package includes $ 1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI’s headquarters in the city of Washington. The building is near the Trump International Hotel, and if the FBI moves a lot, it can be used to build another hotel that will compete with Trump. McConnell is growing to kill the idea after extensive media scrutiny and came under attack as unrelated to COVID-19.
Shelby is in the midst of a race of veteran Senate appropriators who try to push the envelope to distribute for their states. He appears to be more independent than his predecessor, the late Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.