Budd Sends Letter Warning Kenyan Government Of Possible Irregularities In Defense Contract

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Washington, DC, February 23, 2017 | comments

Today, US Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) and four other lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter to the Kenyan Ambassador alerting him to possible irregularities in the announced Foreign Military Sale of 12 weaponized border patrol aircraft from a U.S. contractor to the Kenyan Government.   

“We have a duty to American businesses as well as our allies to make sure that contracts like this are awarded fairly and without favoritism,” said Representative Budd. “After looking at the facts, I am very concerned that a veteran-owned small business in North Carolina wasn’t even allowed to compete in this process. It raises some serious questions when you consider that these planes could be delivered for $181 million less than the current deal, which was approved on the last full day of the Obama Administration.”

The five lawmakers ask the Kenyan government to consider the cost difference, a possible lack of due diligence on the part of US agencies, and the prospect of an ongoing congressional investigation into the deal.  

Rep. Budd was joined by: Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Walter Jones (R-NC).

The letter can be viewed here.

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