Senate votes to strip funding for the F-22.

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President Obama had warned that he would veto the defense bill if it included $1.75 billion for the construction of new F-22s. Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, “If we can’t get this right, what on earth can we get right? … It is time to draw the line on doing defense business as usual.” Fortunately, there is still hope for Congress getting things right. Moments ago, the Senate voted 58-40 to strip the F-22 funding from the FY2010 defense authorization bill:

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The U.S. has 187 F-22s on hand or on order. The fighter jet hasn’t flown a single mission during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. And it has trouble functioning in the rain.

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In a statement from the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he’s “grateful” for the Senate vote. “This would have been an inexcusable waste of money,” he said.


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,The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb writes, “America is less safe now than it was an hour ago.”


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