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Boeing Co.'s C-17 cargo plane, assembled in Long Beach and in a fight for survival in the nation's Capitol, gained the support of the House on Thursday but faces political head winds in the Senate. It is one of the first budget showdowns between President Obama and Congress.
In a victory for the aerospace giant, the House included $2.2 billion for eight more C-17s in a war-spending bill.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called for ending production once the last plane on order rolls off the Long Beach assembly line in 2011 as part of a sweeping Pentagon spending reform push.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, in a separate action, provided no money for additional C-17s. But the plane's supporters had cause to hope after the committee chairman's response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who pleaded for funding.www.latimes.com...
Originally posted by Harlequin
And thats the issue as well fred , depending on US equipement to the point that if/when they say `NO` to a new buy , your own countries airforce then says ` what else do we buy` , which is one reason the A400M WILL be bought, as a western alternative to the C-17.