THE PLANK JULY 21, 2009
With the Obama administration lobbying furiously, a key Senate vote is scheduled for this afternoon. Quoth Larry Korb:
The Senate needs to heed the advice of our civilian and uniformed
leaders in the Defense Department and end production of the F-22. Since
Gates has drawn a red line on this, if the Senate overrules him, it
will be hard for him to be an effective Secretary of Defense during the
rest of his tenure.
Update: Down she goes, 58-40. John Kerry, who had been making pro- F-22 noises last week, wound up siding with Gates and Obama. A call from Joe Biden to Daniel Inouye wasn't enough to sway the Hawaiian, though. Full roll call here.