Congress Votes 58-40 To Stop F-22 Production

July 21, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Congress has officially voted to stop the production of all F-22 fighter jets, amidst a move to decrease defense spending by the Obama administration.

The move will eliminate what many people have seen as unnecessary spending, as there are just under 190 jets already in use or in production.

The vote will cut off $1.75 billion of the $680 billion defense bill that was passed before Obama’s time in office.

“At a time when we’re fighting two wars and facing a serious deficit, this would have been an inexcusable waste of money,” Reuters quoted President Obama.

The decision is a significant blow to Lockhead Martin, the corporation that is mostly responsible for the building of the planes. The company stock was already decreasing rapidly prior to the vote, and has plummeted in the time since. The money saved will fund production of a new generation of cheaper F-35 joint strike fighter planes that military chiefs say are more versatile and can therefore be used by all branches of the military. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will take to the skies in 2011, when the phase out of the F-22 will be complete.


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