WASHINGTON (AP) - The argument over F-22 fighter jets Congress wants to buy but the administration doesn't want could reach a climax today.
An amendment to strip the F-22 money from a $680 billion defense spending policy bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate. President Barack Obama has threatened what would be the first veto of his presidency if the F-22 money remains in the final bill.
Lawmakers from states that would benefit from manufacturing the jets want the money pumped into the aerospace and defense industries. Defense Secretary Robert Gates counters that the money would be better spent on assuring that the military has the tools it needs to fight the unconventional wars taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Supporters of the program argue that it would undermine the nation's security to terminate the F-22.