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House puts spending-cut knife to Pentagon

The Chicago Tribune, 16 February 2011
Publié le : 17 février 2011
 Richard Cowan 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans pressed ahead on Wednesday with legislation to immediately slice more than $61 billion from domestic spending but found their budget-cutting unity shaken in a House of Representatives vote to kill a big weapons project.

After refusing on Tuesday to trim other military spending for this year, the House voted 233-198 to deny immediately $450 million for the continued development of a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Republicans were almost evenly split on the project, which was opposed by the Pentagon, but Democrats voted nearly two-to-one to kill it.

If the Senate concurs in eliminating the program, the bipartisan measure could end up saving the government around $3 billion over the next few years.

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