Murtha: Lawmakers 'Didn't Have a Clue' About Escalating Costs of Presidential Helicopter Effort

By Zachary M. Peterson, Rebekah Gordon / June 24, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Lawmakers "didn't have a clue" that the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter effort had escalated dramatically in cost before Defense Secretary Robert Gates halted the program earlier this year, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA), chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said this morning. "It's almost impossible to believe that it could've gone that far without someone catching it, until somebody in the press said it was costing that much," Murtha said at breakfast with defense reporters in Washington. "Members didn't have a...

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