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Why Won't Lawmakers Give up Their F-22 Pipe Dreams?

Lawmakers are arguing that the addition of F-22 fighter jets, along with a second engine for F-35s, is vital to national security.
 
 
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Congress on Thursday moved forward with plans to build more Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jets, disregarding a veto threat from the Obama administration.

Lawmakers also moved to authorize the funding for an alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter F-35.

Congress is setting the stage for a showdown over the 2010 defense authorization bill with the administration and in particular Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as the Office of Management and Budget issued a statement outlining the veto threat Wednesday over both issues.

 
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