House Democrats are looking to put the whole kibosh on President Trump’s plan to redesign Air Force One.
The president wants the new group of planes to be red, white, and blue, radiating American patriotism for the world to see. But, Democrats are not a fan of the proposal.
Instead, they want to be the ones with the final say on what design the plans should have.
Check it out, via BizPac Review:
In what some have described as a very “petty” move, on Wednesday the Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would force President Donald Trump to obtain approval from congressional Democrats before adjusting the design of Air Force One.
Introduced by Congressman Joe Courtney, the chair of the committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, the amendment is ostensibly designed to ensure that any design modifications that Trump pursues don’t affect a deal with Boeing reached in 2018 for the aircraft manufacturer to design and produce two new Air Force One jets by the end of 2024.
During hearings Wednesday, the congressman reportedly assured his fellow House members that he just wants to ensure that the president’s decisions don’t add unexpected costs or time delays to the deal, and that Air Force One maintains a “traditional” look.
“We are not handcuffing the Air Force and Boeing. There is some flexibility,” he reportedly said, adding that “additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside the plane can also add cost and delays to the delivery of the plane.”
They want to make sure the paint on the plane does not affects its weight or cost? People aren’t buying it and are saying the move is just another effort by House Dems to impact the president.
Some people online are even calling the Democratic effort “anti-American.” Take a look:
Here’s more from BizPac Review:
Speaking on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” on Thursday, former Congressman Darrell Issa echoed this sentiment, describing Courtney’s amendment as “petty,” especially given how “routine” such changes tend to be.
“These kinds of changes are routine — the colors, the patterns and so on. … If you don’t do important things, you do petty things. This Congress has not done anything important lately,” he said.
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe concurred.
“Look at those big, beautiful, majestic jets. I think they look glorious. They look beautiful in all their glory,” she said.
“Look, as a taxpayer I care more about the fact he was able to negotiate down the contract from Boeing. Saved us $1.5 billion. I care more about that than the color of the jet. I do think that this is petty. I think Congress has its best interest to focus on more important issues. And I think most Americans watching right now would think this is pretty lame.”