My AJC colleague Bob Keefe called a few minutes ago from his perch in the U.S. Senate, to say that a vote on increased spending for the Marietta-built F-22 will probably be delayed until Tuesday morning.
Supporters of the effort to cap such spending wanted a vote today, but debate on amendments to an all-encompassing defense bill will fill the remainder of the Senate’s calendar.
Here’s how Congressional Quarterly couched it:
The F-22 vote will be preceded by a series of votes pertaining to hate crimes and one on an amendment by John Thune, R-S.D., that would allow citizens with permits to carry concealed firearms in their home states to carry the weapons to other states that permit concealed weapons.
There is no time limit on the Thune amendment. If the debate runs long, a vote on the F-22 could be delayed until Tuesday, aides said.
Whenever the F-22 vote occurs, it will mark only the beginning of what should be a week of debate, and maybe more, on the defense policy bill. Up for consideration are scores of amendments on a variety of topics, including the size of the Army and military aid to Pakistan.
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