A small victory in the ongoing battle against defense bloat. This just in from the NY Times:
Senate Votes to Strip $1.75 Billion for F-22s From Defense Bill
The Senate voted 58-40 to delete financing for seven more F-22 warplanes from a defense spending bill, handing President Obama a significant victory in his efforts to reshape the military’s priorities. Mr. Obama repeatedly threatened to veto the $679.8 billion spending bill if it included any money for the planes, which had become a flashpoint in a larger battle over the administration’s push to shift more of the Pentagon’s resources from conventional warfare to fighting insurgencies.
– Nina Hachigian