Senate Joins House In Support Of F-22, JSF Alternative Engine | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.01.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.01.14 **
** Airborne 09.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.29.14 **
** Airborne 09.26.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.26.14 **

Sat, Jun 27, 2009

Senate Joins House In Support Of F-22, JSF Alternative Engine

Armed Services Committee Defies White House, Approves Funding

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday 13-11 to authorize $1.75 billion for the embattled F-22 Raptor program, as well as providing $438.9 million to continue development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine. President Obama has threatened to veto the Defense Authorization Bill if those items are included in the final version.

Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said that the bill still largely reflects the wishes of the President and Secretary of Defense. In a news release, Levin said "This is a solid bipartisan bill that supports the men and women of the armed forces, both active and reserve, and their families, and provides them with the pay, benefits, equipment, and training that they need. I want to commend Senator McCain for his steadfast support throughout the markup process and for his commitment to our national security.”

But the funding for both the Raptor and the JSF Alternative Engine program could produce a showdown with the White House over those programs.

As ANN has previously reported, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked to reduce the number of Raptors built to 187. But some in Congress think the U.S. Armed Services need more of the stealthy aircraft, and also have mulled exporting them to other countries. That would require an additional Act of Congress.

The House Armed Services Committee had already approved additional money for both the F-22 and the JSF alternative engine, prompting the veto threat.

The New York Times reports that the SASC also included nine more FA/-18 Hornets than had been included in the Defense Department request.

Both the House and Senate versions of the bill will have to go through their respective full appropriations committees, where members are likely to come under increased pressure from the White House to kill the programs.

FMI: www.senate.gove, www.whitehouse.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.01.14: Sierra Nevada v NASA, A-29 Goes To Work, Be-200 Rebirth?

Also: PPC Bird's Eye View, Spitfires Return?, Cessna Sued Over 1981 Accident, Santa Monica Sues Pilot's Estate, Phase 1 Flight Testing Update Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has fi>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.02.14)

This site is intended to be a meeting place for those who rescue, shelter or foster animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of anim>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.02.14): Forward Flank Downdraft

The main region of downdraft in the forward, or leading, part of a supercell, where most of the heavy precipitation is located.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.02.14)

“I have something to tell you. But from now on you have to be really nice to me.” Source: Marsha Fulton of Covington, IN.>[...]

ANN FAQ: You Can Sponsor ANN And/Or Aero-TV!

Help ANN Grow So That We Can Be Of Greater Service To You! For the better part of a dozen years, ANN has set the pace for the growing and evolving aero-info revolution. No other ne>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC