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SEN. SPECTER AND REP. WELDON TO ADDRESS BOEING HELICOPTERS WORKERS ON CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS TO KEEP ALIVE V-22 OSPREY PROGRAM

SEN. SPECTER AND REP. WELDON TO ADDRESS BOEING HELICOPTERS WORKERS ON
 CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS TO KEEP ALIVE V-22 OSPREY PROGRAM
 U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (both R-Pa.) will address union members of Boeing Helicopters on Monday, June 22, on the chances for keeping the V-22 Osprey program alive.
 The two federal elected officials will speak to the workers at 4 p.m. in the United Auto Workers Local 2069 Hall at 4th Street and Eddystone Avenue in Eddystone, Pa. Thousands of jobs are involved in this program.
 The V-22 is an innovative new aircraft which rises like a helicopter but flies like a fixed-wing plane.
 Congress has appropriated $900 million for construction of the Osprey but the Department of Defense (DoD) has refused to spend these funds. DoD wants to scrap the program.
 Specter and Weldon have been among the strongest supporters of the V-22. They have argued that DoD is in violation of federal law in failing to move ahead with the program.
 At hearings before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Specter has developed testimony from Armed Forces personnel, particularly the Marines, that the V-22 will be a tremendous tactical improvement in the movement of troops.
 These military commanders have said that the Osprey would save many lives in combat situations through its ability to move troops into and out of perilous situations in a speedy manner.
 Specter has also argued that the V-22 will have great civilian applications. This, he said, has been recognized by many other nations, particularly Japan, which has indicated that it will further this technology and use it if the United States does not.
 "I am very strong for cuts in defense spending," said Specter. "But we must be judicious in what we are willing to jettison. The V-22 will cost no more in the long run than the helicopters DoD wants to use instead. It is outright foolishness to abandon this program, which promises so much both in military and civilian use."
 Beyond its obvious national security and civil value, he said, the Osprey will mean thousands of jobs for area workers, many of whom are members of the United Auto Workers Union.
 CONTACT: Dan McKenna of Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 215-597-7200.
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