Murray, who is also on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, teamed up with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to draft a letter to Obama asking the Air Force to continue buying high tech F-22 fighters on a long-term basis.
The letter, which was signed by 42 other Senators and sent out on Jan. 16, claims the F-22 production line is responsible for $12 billion in revenues and employs over 25,000 Americans. The DOD's current order of F-22's runs out in 2011, and they've has been waffling recently over whether they want to order more.
“Continued F-22 production is critical to both the national security and economic interests of our country,” Murray said in a statement. Boeing is the subcontractor on the F-22.
Saxby "Arrest Every Muslim" Chambliss is the main Senator in the mix because the DOD's decision on the F-22 line puts the economy of Marietta, Ga., where the planes are made, at risk in a Detroity-kind-of-way. Uber-conservative Chambliss not only has the silliest name in all of Congress, but can also brag about probably being one of the only Congresspersons with an "A+" rating from the National Rifle Association (that type of thing is very important in Georgia) and an "F" rating from the National Education Association.
Getting money for high-tech war planes are only part of what Murray's got going these days. In the nascent 111th Congress session, Murray's already got a staggering *five* bills in play. These deal more with early-childhood education and youth employment opportunities and less with killer machines and already have a handful of co-sponsors.