House Votes Down Threats To F-35, Next-Gen Bomber

By Dietrich Knauth (May 17, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT) -- The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected several amendments aimed at cutting weapons programs from the 2013 defense budget, including proposals to scrap the Marine Corps' version of the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and to delay procurement of a next-generation bomber for 10 years.

The House is considering more than 140 amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the White House has threatened to veto over spending levels. Republicans in the House Armed Services Committee restored funding for several programs that President Obama had placed on the chopping block in his $525 billion budget request for 2013,...

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