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McCain targets F-22 spending

July 14, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) moved to eliminate from the proposed 2010 defense budget $1.75 billion for another seven F-22 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin.

The Obama administration has threatened to veto any defense spending bill that includes money for more F-22s beyond the current request of 187.

Levin said he will seek to hold a full Senate vote on the F-22 amendment by noon today.

Lockheed's primary manufacturing plant is in Georgia, but key parts of the plane are made in Texas and California.

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