Friday, September 18, 2009

Time to call Senators Webb and Warner

The Senate rejected an amendment today offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to stop transportation subsidies for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, PA.


Named the John Murtha Airport, 650-acre state-of-the-art facility in Johnstown, PA
Received $200 million in federal funds over 20 years, $150 million steered by Murtha himself, who uses the airport for campaign stops
Only 3 flights daily, to only one destination: Washington, D.C. (Dulles airport)
Averages 20 passengers daily
Received $800,000 in stimulus funds this year to repave a backup runway, even though the airport manager says there are no safety issues with the current runway
Has an $8.5 million radar system paid for by taxpayers, that remains unstaffed and unused
Airport passenger count has fallen by 50% in the past 10 years, as federal funds continue to pour in
Federal funds subsidize every flight into the airport, an average of $100 per passenger on each flight
Despite these facts, 53 Senators voted to continue using taxpayer money to fund Murtha's pork project.

Call Webb and Warner and ask them to explain themselves.

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