Military-Industrial Complex takes (small) hit
Great news for budget watchers. The Senate voted to reject additional F-22 funding:
The [Senate] vote gave the White House and Pentagon a key victory over congressional supporters of the F-22, many of whom represent states and districts where jobs are tied to the production of the jet.
The vote, which stripped $1.75 billion for an additional seven F-22s from the fiscal year 2010 budget, was a reversal of an earlier Senate committee decision to include money for the program. The change came in a response to strong pressure from President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and several key senators [including John McCain] who argued that the additional planes are not needed or wanted by the military.
The F-22 is notoriously expensive to operate, costing $44,259 in maintenance costs for every hour of flight time.
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