Once again, the Air Force has recommended retiring the A-10 (“Warthog”) support airplane, which would save us taxpayers $4 billion. That’s quite a chunk of change, and given that everyone keeps talking about how we need to cut spending and reduce the deficit, you would think it would be a slam dunk to kill an airplane that even the Air Force doesn’t want.
On Thursday, the House approved an amendment to the 2015 defense appropriations bill, which prevents the elimination of the A-10. The bill was sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans and passed 300-114. Ironically, even the House appropriations committee voted to eliminate the A-10, which has a relatively aged design. I guess Congress can’t figure out how to put their money where their mouth is.