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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country's supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used for making things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms. The change illustrates how one taxpayer-backed effort to battle the novel coronavirus, which has killed roughly 200,000 Americans, was instead diverted toward patching up long-standing perceived gaps in military supplies.



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The $1 billion fund was allocated under the Defense Production Act, which allows President Trump to compel U.S. companies to manufacture products in the nation's interest.

But in the months after the stimulus package was passed, the Pentagon changed how the money would be used. It decided to give defense contractors hundreds of millions of dollars from the fund, mostly for projects that have little to do with the coronavirus response. Defense Department lawyers quickly determined that the funds could be used for defense production, a conclusion that Congress later disputed.

Among the awards: $183 million to firms including Rolls-Royce and ArcelorMittal to maintain the shipbuilding industry; tens of millions of dollars for satellite, drone and space surveillance technology; $80 million to a Kansas aircraft parts business suffering from the Boeing 737 Max grounding and the global slowdown in air travel; and $2 million for a domestic manufacturer of Army dress uniform fabric.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've got a meeting this Friday with the union leadership of the employees at a Rolls Royce jet engine manufacturing plant and they promised me my own turbine fan blade so that I can make sure to blow any aerosol Covid-19 particles away from my home all the way into the next county.

I for one feel infinitely safer. Thanks Trump!

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-22 07:39 AM | Reply

And nothing will ever happen. Thanks Republicans.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-09-22 12:53 PM | Reply

This is to make-up for the money that Trump stole to build his 'wall'.


#3 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-09-22 12:56 PM | Reply

I really believe that from the perspective of the GOP, it is not theft if it is money that ends up in the hands of private business.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-09-22 01:27 PM | Reply

This is to make-up for the money that Trump stole to build his 'wall'.


And of course his stupid ass supporters will remain steadfast in their support of it no matter what.

They'll even support him when he does it again.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2020-09-22 01:49 PM | Reply

Why the U.S. Still Has a Severe Shortage of Medical Supplies
Out situation is a crying shame. The failure of the Trump Administration will continue to cost American lives until he no longer darkens the White House.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-22 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"They'll even support him when he does it again."


A billion dollars doesn't even scratch the surface of what Trump will need to re-allocate to the military if he gets a second term.

Russia has a beer pocketbook and champagne tastes.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-09-22 02:58 PM | Reply

... and caviar dreams.

#8 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-09-22 05:22 PM | Reply

... and hooker piss tapes.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-09-22 06:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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