Curbing Military Waste

In response to a request made by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Russ Feingold and Sheldon Whitehouse, the United States Air Force is committing to reduce its purchases of unneeded spare parts, which could save taxpayers $50 million next year. "We simply cannot afford continuing uncontrolled waste at the Pentagon. The Air Force and other branches of the military for years have ordered billions of dollars worth of unnecessary spare parts. The Pentagon must make sure that this chronic problem is fixed," S

In response to a request made by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Russ Feingold and Sheldon Whitehouse, the United States Air Force is committing to reduce its purchases of unneeded spare parts, which could save taxpayers $50 million next year. "We simply cannot afford continuing uncontrolled waste at the Pentagon. The Air Force and other branches of the military for years have ordered billions of dollars worth of unnecessary spare parts. The Pentagon must make sure that this chronic problem is fixed," Sanders said. The Armed Services have customarily ordered spare parts they do not need, tying up funds that could better be spent to fill budget shortfalls in other critical areas.

The senators have urged the Armed Services to set a goal for reducing their orders of excess parts and have cosponsored legislation to do so. The USAF responded by committing to reduce unnecessary spare parts orders by the end of the next fiscal year by $50 million.

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