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President Donald Trump is seeking a steep increase in funding this year to develop the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation fighter.
The request is part of the White House’s supplemental budget plan for fiscal 2017, which seeks to boost the Obama administration’s fiscal 2017 defense spending plan by $30 billion overall.
The full supplemental request is very unlikely to pass Congress because it is primarily funded through the base budget, which is subject to Budget Control Act (BCA) caps. Lifting the caps would require 60 votes in the Senate, which the White House is not likely to get.
Still, the proposed investment in the Air Force’s sixth-generation fighter signals the administration’s seriousness about moving quickly to modernize the service’s tactical fighter fleet beyond the stealthy F-35.