In the aftermath of the November election, President Obama and Republican foe John McCain pledged to work together for the good of the country.
At the moment, the issue that is bringing them together is the F-22 fighter -- more specifically, how to cut the program.
As the Globe reported on Sunday, Democrats, including some from New England, are fighting the president, trying to preserve the F-22 program to save local jobs.
Today, McCain sought to eliminate $1.75 billion in the proposed 2010 defense budget for more of the fighter jets, the Associated Press reports.
The Arizona Republican, along with Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, filed an amendment to cut the extra money for seven more F-22s. The full Senate may vote on the defense spending bill this week, the AP says, after the House last month voted to include a $369 million installment for 12 more.
The White House is threatening to veto a Pentagon budget bill that includes additional fighters. "We do not need these planes," Obama wrote McCain and Levin today. "To continue to procure additional F-22s would be to waste valuable resources that should be more usefully employed to provide our troops with weapons that they actually do need."
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