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Bill Young gives F-22s the ole college try

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From the Buzz: As futile an exercise as it may be, Congressman C.W. Bill Young put up a fight today for funding for F-22 fighter jets. The Pinellas County Republican had this to say after a floor speech by defense appropriations chairman John Murtha, who has agreed to follow the Senate and drop the $1.7s billion for seven more aircraft.

“Our soldiers tell us that, ‘We’ll go anywhere, we’ll fight whatever battle we’re told to fight, but please make sure that if there’s an airplane above the battlefield that it belongs to the United States, that it does not belong to a threatening army.’ We cannot afford to take a chance and risk the lives of the troops on the ground if we don’t secure the air overhead.”

Young has an amendment to restore the funding. But Murtha, D-Pa., has an amendment that would divert the money to parts and other uses.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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