10/15/2009

The Pentagon indicated Wednesday it would not automatically recommend a veto if lawmakers include funding for an alternative F-35 engine in their 2010 spending bill. "We need to gain a better understanding of the potential impact on the program overall" before deciding on a veto stance, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell, who denied that his comments represented any shift in policy. "Keep in mind what the veto threat said -- the president's advisers would recommend a veto if Congress took action that causes a serious disruption to the Joint Strike Fighter program," Morell said. "We are in the process right now of evaluating whether or not what they have done does adversely impact the overall program."

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