Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are protesting Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ decision to terminate the VH-71 presidential helicopter, with now near-daily complaints growing more numerous. The latest salvo was launched by Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, whose upstate New York district includes Lockheed Martin’s VH-71 headquarters in Owego. This week, Hinchey said the official letter of termination issued by the U.S. Navy Department “does not change the circumstances surrounding my ...


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