REPORT: Grassley demands, and receives, explanation for Air Force’s $326G coffee cup spending

OCTOBER 22, 2018

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An air base’s penchant for pricey coffee cups has garnered the attention of a United States senator, who is demanding — and receiving — an explanation for the purchase of beverage tumblers that cost $1,280 each.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, questioned the procurement in an Oct. 2 letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. Grassley’s letter cited a September 26 Fox News article reporting that in the past three years the 60th Aerial Squadron at Travis Air Force base in California purchased dozens of cups for nearly $56,000. The cups can reheat liquids on board the Air Force’s fleet of cargo aircraft.

The article goes on to state the following:

The squadron reported that the cups have handles that break easily when dropped. Since replacement handles aren’t available, the whole cup has to be replaced. In 2016, the squadron said that it purchased 10 hot cups for $6,930 and that the price for each cup surged from $693 to $1,220 in 2018, resulting in a total expenditure of $32,000 for 25 cups. The math may have been off. That’s actually a price of $1,280 for each of the 25 cups.

“You are right to be concerned about the high costs of spare parts, and I remain thankful to have your support in addressing this problem,” Wilson told the senator in a letter dated Oct. 17.

Fox News also noted the following:

In July, Grassley demanded to know why the Air Force was buying toilet seat covers for $14,000 each.

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  1. Kim October 22nd, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Love this guy,,,!!!


  2. Richard October 23rd, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Are they investigating the supplier? Who is the supplier? I don’t think that even google can find cups at that price. That is our tax dollars at work.


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