GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

    U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government all the weapons it needs to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic.

    But Republicans have more than just the “invisible enemy” in mind.

    They're proposing billions for F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington’s powerful defense lobby.

    Overall, the proposal stuffs $8 billion into Pentagon weapons systems built by defense contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.

    The bill was drafted by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican. 

    U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska reported last week that $1.4 billion in military spending will benefit Alaska.

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