Obama plays veto card against more F-22s, F136s

The Obama Administration warned today in a memo to Congraess that the president could veto the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The House Armed Services Committee has voted to extend F-22 production and keep the F136 engine in competition with the F135. But both of those issues could become deal-breakers for President Obama. The White House also objects to a previously unreported budget cut for the MQ-1C Sky Warrior (extended range/multipurpose) UAS, and raising the minimum strategic airlift fleet to 316 aircraft. But the veto threat is directly applied only to the F-22 and F136 programs. Stay tuned. 


(Hat tip to POGOBlog.)

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6 Responses to Obama plays veto card against more F-22s, F136s

  1. irtusk 24 June, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    the veto threat for the F136 seems aimed not at the F136 per se, but at disruptions to the F-35 program.

    if they money came from outside the existing F-35 program, it does not appear he would veto it

  2. Stephen Trimble 24 June, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Perhaps from an environmental clean-up fund? ;-)

  3. bobbymike 24 June, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    $787 BILLION of wasteful stimulas crap that is not working. Unemployment wasn’t going to rise above 8% if the bill was passed. But let’s veto a miniscule amount to keep producing the most advanced fighter plane ever built.

    The production line is up and running with real American jobs at stake. You see it is all about votes! There is $8 billion set aside to give to criminal enterprises like ACORN (being investigated for voter fraud and other felonies in half a dozen states) but none for F-22′s what a travesty.

  4. James Li 26 June, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    More F-22 and less drones. Just what troops on the ground need…

  5. Prometheus 26 June, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    agree with bobbymike.

    That 12 Raptors is what? less then 2 billion?
    Hey right over a trillion to banks, stimulas crap and what not, but hey 2 billion will make or break the USA.

  6. Prometheus 26 June, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    p.s.: the millitary requirement still stands at 381.

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