The GOP’s Coronavirus Aid Gives Millions To…the F-35? – Popular Mechanics
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- A trillion-dollar relief package proposed by Senate Republicans includes billions for new military equipment that have nothing to do with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- Much of equipment, including ships and fighter jets, was defunded earlier this year to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
- The HEALs act restores much of that lost funding and then some, in some cases earmarking even more money for key weapon systems than were originally taken away.
The U.S. military is set to receive billions of dollars in military equipment canceled earlier this year. The equipment, including F-35 fighter jets, C-130J transports, and fast transport ships were canceled in order to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The proposed equipment, which has little to no utility in fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is being criticized as classic pork barrel spending.