F136 Kill Try Fails First Time
The amendment to strip funding for the Joint Strike Fighter's second engine was temporarily defeated this afternoon but its fate remained in doubt as we went to press. A source watching the vote said the White House is pressing hard on the floor, trying to round up enough votes to kill the F136. Here's what the House Clerk reported: 4:17 P.M. - POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Pingree amendment number 80, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Pingree demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day. We will update this as we get information.
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