House rejects most Obama weapons cuts

July 30, 2009 1:42:28 PM PDT
The House is going along with President Barack Obama's plans to kill the over-budget F-22 fighter jet, but balking at his demands to eliminate several other big ticket Pentagon items. The House made the moves as it passed a $636 billion Pentagon spending bill funding a much-criticized new presidential helicopter fleet, cargo jets that Obama says aren't needed, and an alternative engine for a new fighter that the Pentagon says is a waste of money.

Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates say the Pentagon needs to reorder its priorities.

The bill also contains $128 billion for Pentagon operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which would bring the total appropriated by Congress for those wars and other efforts to combat terrorism above $1 trillion.

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