October 9th, 2012
09:16 PM ET

The fleet of tanks the military doesn't want but Congress is fighting to keep

Politicians love to make noise about wasteful spending. That is until they have to answer to constituents who are directly affected by those cuts.
They are $1.2 trillion in defense spending cuts set to take effect in January.

The U.S. spends as much in defense as 17 countries combined, according to The Economist. It's an area that obviously seems ripe for the cutting.
For its part - the Pentagon is trying to save money. It no longer wants to spend tax dollars upgrading the M1 Abrams tank.
But Congress just doesn't want to listen. Instead they're using the tanks to protect their own constituency.

Drew Griffin from our Special Investigations Unit - is OutFront with the story

Filed under: Politics • Sequestration
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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "All I know is: Pepsi paid me most recently, so it tastes better. That's pretty much how the game goes." (Dave Chappelle)

    October 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply

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