The Senate Appropriations Committee's defense panel cut $695 million from the Pentagon's request for the F-35 strike fighter program for Fiscal 2012 in its markup of next year's defense appropriations bill, Sept. 13, 2011. It also recommended that F-35 production remain at Fiscal 2011 levels for two more years. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), SAC chairman, said in a release following the markup these moves will "limit outyear cost growth." Here, an Air Force F-35A on Lockheed Martin's assembly line in Fort Worth, Tex.
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