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Bush Budget Has $579 Million For Joint Strike Fighter In 07, 08 February 2, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News, White House.

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–President George W. Bush’s budget submission Monday will include $579 million for the Joint Strike Fighter airplane program in fiscal 2007 and 2008, a senior administration official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the budget hasn’t been released yet, said the supplemental budget request for Iraq and Afghanistan for the current fiscal year would include $389 million for the Joint Strike Fighter. The fiscal 2008 budget will include $189 million for the program.

The official didn’t say how many planes would be built, or in what years.

The official confirmed, however, that the emergency supplemental budget request will total $100 billion, bringing the amount appropriated for the wars this year to $170 billion. The White House will ask for $145 billion for fiscal 2008.

That amount will be broken down to “account level detail,” the official said, a nod to congressional requests for more transparency in the administration’s war spending. In the past, the White House has left most of the spending on Iraq and Afghanistan out of its annual budget submissions, requesting more funds later in supplementals.

The official said the administration wanted to include as much detail on war spending as possible in Monday’s budget. The fiscal 2007 supplemental request will be included as a chapter of the 2008 budget.

The budget will include $50 billion for war spending in fiscal 2009, a figure the official said was simply a placeholder because it’s too soon to know how much will be required in two years.

By Henry J. Pulizzi, Dow Jones Newswires


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