House approves defense policy bill

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 2:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to continue building a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next generation fighter jet. The vote came despite a vaguely worded veto threat from President Barack Obama.

The move came as the House adopted, by a 281-146 vote, a compromise annual defense policy bill to guide the Pentagon budget for the fiscal year that began last week. It should soon pass the Senate and be signed by Obama.

Obama's veto threat involves a program to develop an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force's multi-mission fighter for the future. The engine would be built by General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce in Ohio, Indiana and other states.

The administration has promised to veto the legislation if it would "seriously disrupt" the F-35 program, a vague test.

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