Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Asked the Air Force on why it was spending more than a thousand
dollars on an in-flight coffee cup.
"While I appreciate that the Air Force is working to find innovations that would help save taxpayer
dollars, it remains unclear why it cannot find a cheaper alternative to a $1,280 cup," Grassley said
in a statement on Friday.
"Government officials have the responsibility to use taxpayer dollars efficiently. Too often, that's
not the case. I intend to pursue this issue further."
Earlier this month, Grassley sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, in which he inquired
about what the Air Force calls "hot cups" — metal cups similar in size to a French press which he
said cost the service $56,000 over the last three years.
As it turns out, it's even worse: The Air Force spent more than $300,000.
Ironically, the exorbitant price tag caught Grassley's eye soon after the Air Force published a public
affairs story lauding a 3D printing innovation one of its squadrons made, which developed a
cheaper solution to the problem of the cup's handles breaking off.
In the past, if an airman dropped a cup and the handle broke, it'd cost more than $1,200 to replace
it. With 3D printing, a new handle could be made for about 50 cents.
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