White House: DOD spending bill won't fly with chopper, F-22 funding

07/29/2009 | Hill, The

As the House gets ready to debate its 2010 defense appropriations bill, the Obama administration has made it clear: Expect a veto if the spending plan includes $485 million for several new presidential helicopters or $369 million to continue Lockheed Martin Corp's F-22 aircraft production line. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates grounded the initiative involving the VH-71 helicopters built by Lockheed Martin and the Italian-British venture AgustaWestland. The White House repeated its decision to keep the current fleet of F-22s at 187 planes.

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