McCain Accuses Republican of Funding Putin

Screenshot 2015-06-24 12.24.05The senator wants to end U.S. reliance on Russian engines to get to space. Some fellow Republicans claim that’s not technically feasible—an argument McCain’s in no mood to hear.
Hundreds of millions in U.S. taxpayer dollars could be spent on Russian rocket engines if a tiny section slipped into the annual defense spending bill is ultimately passed.

Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is furious, calling it a benefit to “Vladimir Putin’s cronies”—and accusing a fellow Republican of trying to keep the cash flowing to Moscow. But the reality is there may not be an alternate to the Russian engines—at least not in the short term.

McCain has previously led an effort to ban the purchase of the Russian-made RD-180 engine, which is used to power Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community space launches, by 2019. He views the section in the appropriations bill as a threat to his prohibition.

McCain unleashed over at The Daily Beast