The Trump administration is moving to relocate Air Force C-130 aircraft to Savannah, Georgia, in a move that House Democrats are claiming was taken without congressional approval — and appears calculated to give the state's Republican senators an artificial job creation accomplishment to boost them in the upcoming runoff elections.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is demanding the administration provide answers on the timing and rationale for the decision.
NEW: House Armed Services chair @RepAdamSmith blasts @usairforce for announcing new basing of C-130s in Georgia wit… https://t.co/uBNR6d5qMX— Paul D. Shinkman (@Paul D. Shinkman)1606260522.0
“The timing and decision to include Savannah, GA in the announcement, when Georgia is focused on Senate runoff elec… https://t.co/eM7LzUaj8o— Paul D. Shinkman (@Paul D. Shinkman)1606260522.0
Meanwhile this email from @Perduesenate’s office moments before: “Senator David Perdue Secures New Aircraft Fleet For 165th Airlift Wing”— Paul D. Shinkman (@Paul D. Shinkman)1606260522.0
“This is extremely exciting news,” @sendavidperdue says. “As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and pr… https://t.co/Z3FQ20xBov— Paul D. Shinkman (@Paul D. Shinkman)1606260522.0
.@RepAdamSmith explains here why he believes the AF decision was premature: https://t.co/HTsiSPp5RH— Paul D. Shinkman (@Paul D. Shinkman)1606260631.0
.@sendavidperdue’s full statement here: https://t.co/TCaElf49KS— Paul D. Shinkman (@Paul D. Shinkman)1606262235.0
The runoffs between Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, and Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, will decide control of the Senate.