Politicians try to save presidential helicopter project
Mon, 11 May 2009 13:49:04 GMT —
President Obama's budget calls for the cancellation of the $13 billion presidential helicopter program, which would mean a lot of job losses in the town of Owego.
Some 800 workers at Lockheed Martin in Owego work on the Marine One project. Senator Charles Schumer, Representative Michael Arcuri and other politicians are fighting to keep the project alive. The appropriations bill Congress passes will ultimately determine what programs are funded.
Schumer says he sent a letter to Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging continued funding for the program.
Arcuri says he'll keep working with Representative Maurice Hinchey to restore funding for the program.