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Senior Senate Defense appropriator not sure who funds AARO

Senior Senate Defense appropriator not sure who funds AARO

Ep. 223 — Sen. John Boozman (4-10-2024)
Public meeting area in the Rayburn House Office Building during the 2018 orientation for freshmen members of Congress. Photo: Matt Laslo


Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) — Defense Subcommittee of Appropriations Committee

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Ask a Pol asks:

You guys on the Appropriations Committee are in charge of funding AARO — the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office ?

Key Boozman: 

“I don't know, to be honest, I don't know,” Sen. Boozman exclusively tells Ask a Pol

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Caught our ear:

“I really haven't [followed the House UAPs investigation],” Sen. Boozman tells us.

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ICYMI — Ask a Pol broke AARO news this week

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), slightly edited for clarity.

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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. John Boozman

SCENE: Sen. Boozman and a young reporter rocking a UNC Chapel Hill lanyard for his press pass are chatting NCAA sports for a couple minutes as Laslo waits to talk UAP funding with the senior defense appropriator.

Man: “Thank you for letting me bother you with basketball.”

Matt Laslo: “You're on Defense Appropriations, right?”

John Boozman: “Yeah.”

ML: “You guys in charge of funding AARO?”

Boozman doesn’t readily know the name ‘AARO.’

ML: “It's the All-domain Anomaly Office or whatever. The UFO stuff.”

JB: “I don't know. To be honest, I don't know.”

ML: “It doesn't come up as a line item? It probably just falls within the broader Pentagon budget?”

JB: “I'm not — to be honest, I don't know.”

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ML: “Interesting. Have you followed at all the investigation on that over in the House?”

JB: “If you'll — no, I haven’t. I really haven't. If you'll — you know, if you want background...”

ML: “Ping the office?”

JB: “…ping the office and just — one of my guys will know.”

ML: “Cool. Tell em you sent me.”

Matt Laslo’s a veteran congressional correspondent, new media prof. & founder of Ask a Pol — a new, people-powered press corps.

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