The B-1 bomber program will survive congressional attempts to reduce the federal deficit, but the MX missile may be in serious trouble, Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton) has predicted at a breakfast meeting in Hawthorne with local reporters.
The B-1's backers include such liberals as Sen. Alan Cranston and former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., so "it is now fashionable" to support continued production of the aircraft, said Dymally in pointing out his own support for the B-1.
Dymally's view of the bomber's position is not shared by some congressional leaders from other states, who have suggested that the B-1 may have to be eliminated in the effort to trim defense spending.
Rockwell International, which has a major facility in El Segundo, is the prime contractor on the B-1. The Northrop Corp., a prime contractor on the MX, reportedly has done extensive development work on the secret missile at its Hawthorne plant.