Yesterday I was wondering if Congress was going to scrap the purchase of half a billion dollars’ worth of jets for congressional use.

Well, today Politico reports that indeed, the Congressional jets may be scrapped. John Murtha, chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommitee, came out saying that if the Department of Defense doesn’t want the jets, the purchase won’t go through.

He also tried to pass the blame by saying that “85 percent” of the use of these aircraft comes from the executive branch, and not Congress.

Yet when the Pentagon-spending bill was taken up by the House, first in the Defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, then the full committee, and finally on the chamber floor, the executive-plane provision attracted no notice and no opposition emerged from either side of the aisle.

The full House Appropriations Committee, in fact, marked up the Pentagon bill in 15 minutes with no amendments.

Politico calls the outrage over this particular bit of spending (what’s half a billion dollars to Congress?) an “an embarrassing uproar for House appropriators.”

Who knew House appropriators were capable of embarrassment at this point?

But, as Instapundit put it,

Whatever. I don’t want to hear any more sanctimony about carbon footprints. I’ve got nothing against private jets, but when it comes to global warming, carbon emissions, and the like, those who fly on ‘em instead of going commercial, should — what’s the President’s phrase? — oh, right: “Don’t do a lot of talking.”