Lawmakers cover $1.8B F-35 shortfall in omnibus defense spending bill

By Briana Reilly, Michael Marrow / December 20, 2022 at 4:21 PM
Lawmakers are freeing up an extra $1.8 billion to secure the next round of F-35 fighter jet purchases after Pentagon leaders warned the overall buy tied to the pending contract was in jeopardy stemming from a funding shortfall. The inclusion of the additional funding in the fiscal year 2023 bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill released late Monday clears the way for the F-35 Joint Program Office to move forward on a previously reached “handshake” deal covering the next Joint Strike Fighter...

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