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Senate Votes to Remove Extra F-22 Funds From DOD Authorization Bill (S. 1390)

Senate Votes to Remove Extra F-22 Funds From DOD Authorization Bill (S. 1390)

The Senate voted today to remove funding for seven additional F-22’s that was added during Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) markup of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill (S. 1390). The vote was 58-40. Though not a space-related action, it does remove a logjam in Senate debate on the bill. The chairman and ranking member of SASC, Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), both opposed the additional funds, as did the White House and Secretary of Defense Gates. They want to end the program when the current order of 187 planes is completed.

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